Laurie R. Glenn | Founder & Director
Laurie R. Glenn is founder, president and CEO of Thinkinc., a Chicago-based strategic public affairs and political consulting firm specializing in policy issues. Ms. Glenn serves as a high-level advisor and provides public affairs, strategic planning, positioning, and partnerships to a range of leaders within nonprofit organizations, coalitions, foundations, business and civic organizations, to address key policy issues impacting our communities. With more than 25 years of political consulting and public affairs experience, Ms. Glenn works with organizations to develop and deliver strategies integral to achieving their overall vision and mission.
In 2003, Ms. Glenn launched Th!nkArt, an international art gallery and policy salon, featuring established and emerging artists from around the world. As Gallery Director, Ms. Glenn envisioned a space that transcends the traditional art gallery experience, moving art from canvas to dialogue, creating a passionate forum to philosophize on issues and contemplate the fundamental role of art in the everyday life of humanity. An established and recognized contributor to the art world, Th!nkArt enlists a variety of mediums including: photography, painting, sculptures, slates, works on paper, music, film, theatre, poetry, and cultural programming, to evoke deeper contemplation of topics and issues.
Ms. Glenn is an active community leader working for positive social change through her service and involvement in local and national organizations including The Arts Club of Chicago, The Publicity Club of Chicago, The City Club of Chicago, and the Arts Committee of The Union League Club where she is a former Chair of the Third Floor Gallery Subcommittee and current member of the Third-Floor Gallery Subcommittee. Ms. Glenn is also the former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest), and is currently a member of their Advisory Council, serves on the Personal PAC Board of Directors and the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, and has formerly served on DePaul University’s Islamic World Studies Program Board of Directors and its College of Communication Advisory Council.
Ms. Glenn was born and raised in Chicago. After earning her undergraduate degree in Political Theory from the University of California in Santa Cruz, she resided in California for seven years. She now lives and works in Chicago.