Terry Cosgrove
Age: 71
Categories:   Politics   Civic/Community   Legal   Health

In 1989, Cosgrove was hired as Executive Director of Personal PAC. He, along with the Board of Directors, has been instrumental in developing Personal PAC’s sophisticated strategy for electing pro-choice candidates. This strategy incorporates an intensive paid telephone program that has identified nearly one-half-million million pro-choice voters in Illinois, plus a sophisticated direct-mail campaign and comprehensive campaign consulting.

Cosgrove’s campaign consulting is a real plus in implementing Personal PAC’s political strategy. He works closely with numerous candidates to make sure they have the nuts-and-bolts tools to win on election day. Among other things, he assists candidates in selecting pollsters, media consultants, direct-mail firms, and paid campaign staffers. He also helps them recruit volunteers, execute fundraising plans, and any other activity necessary to ensure their success. In 1999, Cosgrove became President and CEO of Personal PAC.

In addition to his Personal PAC responsibilities, over the past 25 years, Cosgrove has also managed many political campaigns and has lent assistance to NARAL, Planned Parenthood, NOW, Pro-Choice Resource Center, Voters for Choice, Women’s Campaign Fund and the Emergency Abortion Loan Fund. In 1992, he played a pivotal role in restoring abortion services for poor women at Cook County Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in the nation.

Cosgrove holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degrees in both Labor & Industrial Relations and in Social Policy.

He is also an avid cyclist.

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