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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship


J.D., Harvard Law School

M.A., modern history, Oxford University 

B.A., history and political science, Yale University 

Professional Experience

President of Chicago History Museum (2005-present). In 2016 the Chicago History Museum received the nation’s highest honor for museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in a White House ceremony.

President of Museums in the Park (association of 11 of Chicago’s top museums) 2008-2017

Attorney with two law firms, Jones Day and Mayer Brown, 1977-2005, specializing in international business.

Nonprofit board leadership

Chair of the Board of Lawyers’ committee for Civil Rights Under Law (national civil rights organization)

Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Chicago (legal services to the poor of metropolitan Chicago)

Member of the Radio committee of WFMT (oversight of Chicago’s classical music station

President, Chicago Council of Lawyers (one of Chicago’s bar associations)

Honors and Awards

Rhodes Scholar, currently serves as head of the Rhodes Scholar selection process for District 10

Honorary Doctor of Liberal Arts, Lake Forest College