Commissioner David S. Olsen was elected to the Downers Grove Village Council in 2013. He is a longtime Downers Grove resident with a passion for serving the community and listening to ideas and concerns from all residents and community stakeholders.
David grew up as one of two siblings in Downers Grove. Educated in the District 58 and 99 public school system, David attended Hillcrest Elementary School, O’Neill Middle School, and Downers Grove South High School (DGS). At DGS, David had a strong academic record and participated in the DGS Band, including the Marching Mustangs. Upon graduation, David headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study business.
David actively engaged in many organizations within both the business school and the wider campus community at the University of Illinois while achieving highest academic honors. As student body president, David represented more than 40,000 students as he worked collaboratively with faculty, administrators, community leaders, and fellow students to guide the University through financial challenges – often making difficult but necessary decisions to reform programs and services. David also led a successful effort to prevent an unreasonable student fee increase during his time as president. For his efforts to improve the university and community, he received the Willard L. Broom Excellence in Leadership Award and the Weinstein Student Leadership in Business Award, in addition to being a finalist for the internationally-acclaimed Rhodes Scholarship. He graduated in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in finance and management.
After graduation, David returned to Downers Grove where he quickly became involved in the community as a precinct committeeman and in 2014 was elected as vice chairman of the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. He serves on the Board for the District 58 Education Foundation and is an active member of Chamber630 (formerly the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry). David belongs to Friendship United Methodist Church where he is co-leader of the eighth grade confirmation class and a member of the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir, as well as serving as committee chairman for affiliated Boy Scout Troop 35. He is also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1535.
David is currently employed in the regulatory compliance area for a major energy trading company in Chicago. In his free time he enjoys jogging at local parks and forest preserves, exercising at the Indian Boundary YMCA, and fixing up his recently-purchased 1928 Downers Grove home.