Kevin Conlon co-founded Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies in 1998 with former Democratic National Committee Chairman David Wilhelm. He offers clients a unique understanding of the public arena derived from over 30 years of experience in law, government, venture capital, and non-profit organizations. Kevin’s background and relationships give him a unique ability to assist clients at all levels of government and in the business, civic, and nonprofit communities, which has earned him recognition in Crain’s Chicago Business list of “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” since 2005.
Prior to the formation of the firm, Kevin practiced labor and employment law for 15 years and served in federal, state, and local government. During the Clinton administration, he was appointed by President Clinton to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities. He served as Rich Township Democratic Committeeman for 14 years and Rich Township Supervisor for nine years, after becoming the first Democrat in 130 years to be elected to lead the township. Kevin has also been a member of the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals, a court-appointed arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, and a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois.
Kevin has played leading roles in numerous political campaigns, including serving as Illinois State Co-Chair for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. During President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, Kevin was national co-chair of the Obama Leadership Circle and a member of the national and Illinois finance committees (one of top 100 fundraisers nationally). In 2004, he served as Illinois state chair and vice chair of the national finance committee for Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. He has also worked in strategy and finance roles for dozens of congressional and state-level campaigns. Kevin’s campaign work led the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association to select him as the recipient of its first annual Party Builder Award in 2017.
Kevin has been active in the community throughout his career. He is past president of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, a standing member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and a member of the advisory committee for the Illinois Connection/University of Illinois Alumni Association. He has taught classes at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Chicago-Kent School of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology), and DePaul University. In 2003, Loyola University of Chicago awarded him the Loyola Council of Regents Order of Merit.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Chris Dunn’s work on behalf of Conlon & Dunn clients is informed by his extensive corporate, public sector, legal, and political experience. After beginning his career as an attorney representing European companies with American investments, Chris joined U.S. Senator Paul Simon’s D.C. staff as one of his counsel on the Judiciary Committee and later as the Senator’s General Counsel. After six years on Capitol Hill, he returned to Chicago to serve as Director of State Regulatory Affairs and an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Richard M. Daley administration for two years. In 1993, Chris moved back to Washington as a political appointee for the first three years of the Clinton administration. He served as White House liaison at the General Services Administration, on White House staff, and as White House liaison at NASA. After returning to Chicago in 1995, Chris spent 10 years as a government relations and public affairs executive for AT&T Wireless, where he led its Midwest government relations team.
Chris’s extensive political campaign experience includes serving on the staffs of numerous federal, state, and local political campaigns, including three campaigns for Senator Simon, six presidential campaigns, as a regional coordinator for Mayor Richard M. Daley’s re-election campaigns, and as campaign manager for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s first re-election campaign in 2006.
Chris has been active in civic and charitable work throughout his career. He currently chairs the Village of Wilmette’s Environmental and Energy Commission and is a member of Maryville Academy’s President’s Advisory Council. Chris holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Before joining Conlon & Dunn in 2003, Jamey practiced commercial real estate as a partner in various prominent law firms in Chicago. He attended Francis W. Parker School and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.
He is known throughout Chicago for his extensive support of the performing arts. Jamey is very involved in assisting our nonprofit clients to achieve their goals through his in-depth work with them on board development, capacity building, strategic planning, and fundraising strategy.
Jamey is a Life Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and has served on its President Search Committee and its Music Director Search Committee. He is currently an active member of the Symphony’s Marketing, Artistic Development, and Board Development Committees. He is the past secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park and currently serves on its Marketing and Resident Company Partnership Committees. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Grant Park Orchestral Association and a past member of the board of directors of the Center for Performing Arts at Governor’s State University in University Park, Illinois.
In May 2017, Linda joined Conlon & Dunn to advise clients on planning for strategic growth, financial sustainability, partnership development, and external affairs. A health and human services leader in the Chicago area, Linda has previously assumed key external affairs, government relations, and strategic planning positions. Linda was most recently with Planned Parenthood of Illinois, serving in various roles over the past seven years as a board member, senior staff advisor and most recently, as interim CEO for over a year. Formerly, she held the position of chief strategy officer at Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems, developing and implementing the growth strategy for the County’s start-up Medicaid managed care organization.
For the better part of two decades, she championed the growth of Access Community Health Network from a small network of unprofitable health centers into a viable enterprise with over 40 health center locations. She has also held policy development and advocacy positions at the American Medical Association and served in the president’s office at University of Chicago Medicine and as executive director of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group.
Linda is active in local nonprofits, serving on the boards of Youth Outreach Services and the Hyde Park Youth Symphony. She is a mentor for the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and several other academic and foundation leadership programs. Linda is a graduate of the University of Chicago where she obtained her bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from the School of Social Service Administration and the Booth Graduate School of Business.
After more than 10 years in the public sector, Catherine Voigt joined Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies in 2006. Catherine uses the advocacy, writing, and research skills developed throughout her career to help Conlon & Dunn clients develop the powerful messages, materials, and strategies needed to achieve their goals in the public arena.
Catherine began her career working in the Illinois appellate and supreme courts as a law clerk and practiced labor and employment law and school law before specializing in criminal appeals with the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor. As a member of the Conlon & Dunn team, Catherine specializes in strategic communications and nonprofit consulting. From the development of fact sheets for legislators to the preparation of press releases, Catherine helps clients educate key stakeholders and generate support for their initiatives. She also offers Conlon & Dunn clients a range of grant writing and consulting services, including researching public and private funding opportunities; designing program objectives, logic models, and budgets; developing grant proposals; and managing relationships with funders.
Catherine earned a law degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and an undergraduate degree with Highest University Honors (Bronze Tablet) from the University of Illinois. She has completed coursework on grant writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves on the boards of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center and West Suburban Philanthropic Network.
Liz Brown-Reeves works with Conlon & Dunn on all aspects of the firm’s representation of clients in Springfield. She began her professional life as a member of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s staff, where she served in a wide variety of management roles, including oversight of House floor operations as the Speaker’s legislative director and management of the staff activities of a number of House committees. As director of redistricting, she helped craft the 2001 political map. Liz also worked with hundreds of Illinois labor unions in her capacity as the Speaker’s labor liaison and served as the issues staffer and media coordinator for more than 30 sitting members of the Illinois House. She was voted as “Best Legislative Staffer” by Capitol Fax readers.
Liz has broad campaign experience and has served as campaign manager, candidate recruiter, and media advisor on dozens of legislative races throughout Illinois, including those of many incumbent state representatives. She also managed the highly-successful 2002 get-out-the-vote efforts for the Democratic Party of Illinois and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s campaign. Liz received a B.A. in political science from Southern Illinois University.
Giovanni Medina joined Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies in 2015, advising corporations and nonprofit organizations on a range of public relations and strategic communication matters. He brings a variety of operational management expertise to his work for political, corporate, and nonprofit clients.
Leveraging his experience from the campaign trail, Giovanni advises numerous organizations on media engagement and media relation strategies. Giovanni honed his organizational leadership skills managing a $1.3-million-dollar budget and supervising a full-time staff of 10 in Advanced Security Solutions Inc.’s Residential Enforcement Department. Giovanni’s community engagement strategies resulted in a historic reduction in crime in his areas of responsibility. Currently, he is an advisor for United Latinos for Empowerment, Education, and Development (ULEED) and sits on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Neighborhood Council. Giovanni holds a B.A. in political science from DePaul University.
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