The executive office in conjunction with our Board of Directors serve as a primary source for communication, decision making, leading, managing and executing initiatives to better serve the Chicago tourism industry as a whole. 

Public Policy oversees Choose Chicago’s relations with the local, state and federal levels of government; develops policy solutions and a civic consensus to meet Choose Chicago’s goals; develops external coalitions and political support for Choose Chicago’s agenda; communicates Choose Chicago’s mission, successes and needs to key civic stakeholders.

Meet Our Team

Choose Chicago


David Whitaker
David Whitaker, President & CEO
Phone: 312-567-8588
Carolyn Earner, Executive Assistant
Phone: 312-567-8521
Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson, Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 312-567-8481
Lyndell Fong-Jones, Executive Assistant
Phone: 312-567-8486

As Chief Operating Officer, Anderson oversees the management and development of more than 50 team members in convention sales, client services, special events, human resources, partnerships, strategic partnerships and the Chicago Sports Commission.

Ken Bennett, Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Community Affairs
Phone: 312-567-8529
James Mundo, Advocacy Manager
Phone: 312-567-8572
Al Orendorff
Al Orendorff, Director, Corporate Communications
Phone: 312-567-8482