Co-Chairs and Executive Director

Jennifer Kunde

Jennifer Kunde

Co-Chair; Executive Director, Government Relations, Northwestern University

Jennifer Kunde is Northwestern University’s liaison to the City of Chicago. She manages all aspects of the university’s interactions with elected officials and local community groups. She also oversees governmental issues of concern to Northwestern at both the state and federal levels, including liaison activities with legislative and executive agencies, encouraging funding for the University's research endeavors, and advocating higher education policy that benefits Northwestern students and faculty. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University.


Martha L.Gutierrez

Co-Chair; Senior Director, Office of Public and Government Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Martha L. (Marty) Gutierrez serves as Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this role, she builds partnerships with external organizations and manages government relations outreach on behalf of the university. Gutierrez serves as senior advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs, UIC Chancellor, and senior executive leadership team. Before UIC in 2009, Gutierrez was Executive Director of the Rauner Family YMCA, a-non-for profit community center that serves the south-west side of Chicago. From 1992 until 2004, Gutierrez served in the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office. While there she served as Assistant to the Mayor, Director of Latino Affairs, Director of the Mayor’s Scheduling Office, and Director of Public Affairs. Gutierrez has been an active leader in community, civic, and philanthropic organizations throughout Chicago. Gutierrez is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Communications. She also is an alum of the class of 2009 Leadership of Greater Chicago Fellow Program.


David Baker

Executive Director, America's Urban Campus

​Mr. Baker oversees the operations of the consortium of Chicago's universities and colleges, representing 96% of all college students in the City. Before beginning his tenure at AUC, he served as Vice President for External Affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology from 1995 to 2016, where he focused on governmental relations, marketing and communications, and trustee relations. At Illinois Tech, he served as the founding Executive Director of the University Technology Park from 2006 to 2016. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Baker served as President of the Illinois Coalition, whose mission is to strengthen the Illinois economy through science and technology. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Baker served as the Executive Vice President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business advocacy organization. Mr. Baker served as the 2012-2013 President of the Association of University Research Parks. Mr. Baker holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. in History with a minor in Economics from Stanford University. He is married, has two children and lives in Chicago.