Meet Jack Lavin

Jack Lavin, in both the public and private sectors, has helped businesses and government
work smarter, creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in private investment.

Jack has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. A proven leader and creative problem solver, he has demonstrated time and time again that his strategic vision and ability to execute that vision deliver substantial and measurable results for the organizations and companies for which he has worked and led.

Before spearheading Lavin Strategies, Jack worked as Chief of Staff to Governor Pat Quinn, Chief Operating Officer for the State of Illinois, and Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Jack supports a number of charities and organizations focused on improving the lives of children and strengthening communities. His service and commitment to the community have been recognized more than once, including awards from Belle Center of Chicago, Aspire, and Best Buddies Illinois.

As the parents of a child with down Syndrome, both Jack and his wife have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of children with disabilities. As Chair of the Chicago Public Schools Task Force on Special Education, Jack worked with experts to provide Mayor Richard Daley with specific recommendations on improving services and curriculum for Chicago’s students with disabilities.

Lavin is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds both a Master’s degree in business from the University of Chicago with a specialization in finance, as well as, a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. He also completed a semester of graduate studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.


My Story & Career

Events both professional and personal are what shape real leaders. Learn more about Jack’s life and career to better understand the experiences that have made Jack one of the most effective leaders in Illinois business and politics.