100 Years of Advancing Destinations

Jack Johnson

Chief Advocacy Officer & Acting Foundation Board Chair

Jack Johnson brings unrivaled experience developing innovate strategies, policy solutions and civic consensus for government, not-for-profits and small businesses to his role as Chief Advocacy Officer & Board Relations. Jack is an expert at examining situations from multiple angles, anticipating potential problems and developing solutions.  

During his previous tenure with Choose Chicago, Jack oversaw the public policy, research, membership and strategic partnership efforts. Jack played a leading role in the extensive reforms of the McCormick Place Convention Center and the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau resulting in a new convention center operating model with both a travel industry and a city-wide civic perspective. Building on that success, Jack was integrally involved in the merger of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Chicago Office of Tourism resulting in maximizing the two’s resources and embedding the new organization – Choose Chicago – into the city’s economic development strategy. Jack’s efforts increased revenues from $13.6 million to $33.2 million and tripled revenue sources in less than 5 years.  

Jack’s in-depth knowledge of government can be partly attributed to the early stages of his career, when he worked alongside one of the most powerful legislators in the history of Illinois politics - Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives as well as from the dozens of political campaigns he has worked on in various capacities over the years starting with his first at age eleven.