Kevin Conlon

“What I love about my job is the opportunity to work every day with talented people dedicated to
making their communities better. Our goal is to empower them to do more.”


Kevin Conlon founded Conlon Public Strategies in 1998 with the goal of empowering organizations doing good work in their communities to have an even greater impact. A connector at heart with an entrepreneurial spirit, Kevin collaborates with clients in developing innovative approaches to achieving their objectives.

His wide-ranging background – in law, government, politics, business, academia, venture capital, and nonprofit growth – has resulted in a unique perspective and exceptional relationships. Kevin leverages these to assist organizations of all types successfully navigate the competitive landscape and position themselves for success. He leads a variety of client projects, including board development, government relations, organizational change and strategy, executive search, fundraising, issue advocacy campaigns, and profile-raising initiatives.

Kevin began his career as a labor and employment lawyer, and he has held leadership roles in campaigns at the national, state, and local levels. Kevin has also served in elected office and appointed positions in federal, state, and local government.

Kevin believes that there is nothing more important than family and will usually begin a conversation asking about yours.


  • Member of the Economic Club of Chicago
  • Chair of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association Leadership Circle
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Equip for Equality and the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Illinois Connection/University of Illinois Alumni Association
  • Past president of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago
  • Recipient of the first annual Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association Party Builder Award.


Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a JD from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.