Denika McMillen is a licensed clinical social worker and resident of Naperville, Illinois. Born in Chicago, her passion for community engagement and change started at the age of 10 when she attended a town hall with her mother and grandmother. They attended the meeting to advocate for a stop sign to be installed at the end of their block. They were successful in their advocacy, and this single act saved lives. It was in this moment that she realized that change only comes through action, and that she wanted to be a person to make a difference in her community.
Since moving to Naperville in 2016 with her wife and their three children, she has been an active member of the Diversity Advisory Committee for District 203, Indivisible Naperville, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Lisle Township Democratic Organization, and was an original board member of the Naper Pride organization. She is currently serving as the Precinct Committeeperson for District 57.
Denika received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and over the past 20 years has worked in numerous diverse populations addressing issues of housing inequality, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues. Two years ago, she branched off to start her own private mental health practice in the suburbs of Chicago.
Inspired by the 2018 Midterm Elections, Denika decided to take her commitment to serve her community to the next level. She is committed to being the type of leader that listens to her constituents, does the research on issues, and votes in the best interest of the community. Her life of advocacy, activism, and service has led her down this path. The ten-year-old within her is ready to fight for others. This is why, “Denika is running for you”.