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MARJ HALPERIN

STRONG MANAGER, 
CREATIVE COMMUNICATOR

Marj Halperin Consulting (MHC) reflects Marj’s career mix of journalism, marketing, PR, non-profit management, government reform and campaign management experience.

Marj’s 25 years of PR experience includes leadership support on media outreach, communications planning and organizational development for Mayor Richard M. Daley, then-Illinois Treasurer Pat Quinn, the Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Park District. There, Marj motivated residents citywide to “Come Out and Play” in Chicago’s parks in her role as CPD’s first Marketing Director. As President and CEO of the League of Chicago Theatres for nearly 10 years, Marj positioned Chicago’s live theater industry as a high-profile brand recognized internationally for talent and innovation, proclaimed by the London Guardian as “…the current theatre capital of America.” Additional media placements ranged from Time magazine’s Asia edition to media outlets in Toronto, New York, Boston and other major cities across the U.S.

At MHC, Marj’s messaging, public relations and coalition-building skills support clients in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors. For The Trust for Public Land, she served as an integral part of The 606 project management team, positioned as the communications, community outreach and government relations consultant for this historic rails-to-trails project, and led her team in generating media coverage that reached millions of consumers in Chicago and around the world. For the Chicago Transit Authority, she managed the design of a revamped communications department and helped develop a bright, conversational toolkit for training rank-and-file staff to use a new workforce management software system.

Marj began her professional career as an award-winning journalist and is currently a featured Democratic analyst on the WGN-TV Morning News, Fox Business Channel’s Cavuto Coast to Coast, CTV in Toronto, Canada, and Radio New Zealand. You might also hear her commentary on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor and WLS radio’s nationally-syndicated Beyond the Beltway. Marj’s award-winning radio news reports have aired on Chicago’s WXRT, WKQX, and WBBM-AM, as well as NPR and NBC Radio Network News. Her work has also appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine, and a variety of national arts, travel and family-oriented magazines.

With this diverse communications background and public service record, Marj is widely recognized for her community outreach focus, an emphasis on consensus-building and a strong presence in business, government and media circles.

AND, IN HER SPARE TIME…

Marj participates in diverse media activities and community work. Here are just a few examples:

Crisis Management
Marj’s best advice for managing a PR crisis is summed up in PRNews’ Crisis Management Guidebook 2013.

Non-profit leadership
Marj co-chairs the capital campaign to convert an unused Chicago fire house into a new Gift Theatre space as anchor for a growing arts community in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood.

Formerly a Board Member of the Chicago Foundation for Women, Marj launched and chaired its Communications Committee and is now a member of the organization’s Alumni Council.

Cultural leadership
As co-chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transition team for Arts & Culture, Marj helped guide the administration’s plans for supporting a more vibrant arts scene. She currently is in her second term as vice-chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Arts & Culture, providing guidance and support to the development and implementation of the city’s Cultural Plan. In 2008, Marj was recruited to join the Obama-Biden campaign’s Arts Policy committee, helping shape national strategy for elevating the role of the arts in the first term of this administration.

Political punditry
Marj is the democratic half of the WGN Morning News political duo, sparring regularly with GOPer Chris Robling.

Grassroots training
A member of the National Faculty of the Center for Progressive Leadership, Marj wrote the communications curriculum used to train new political leaders across the country.