Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Cizner joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as its first chief operating officer in 2015. In that capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the internal management of the Council staff. She also leads a strategic planning process to ensure the Council develops and executes a strategy to be recognized as one of the premier institutions in the country on global affairs in advance of its 100 anniversary in 2022. She also provides direction and oversight for the Council’s human resources strategy. 

Cizner previously served as the director of strategic partnerships and global affairs for the City of Chicago in the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In that role, Cizner worked to cultivate and strengthen connections between the City of Chicago and the international community and to advance Chicago’s international profile. She earlier served as director of international relations and protocol for Mayor Rahm Emanuel from June 2011 to February 2014.

Prior to her work with the City of Chicago, Cizner served as the deputy chief of staff for presidential personnel at the White House and first joined the White House as the director for the energy and environment cluster within that office.  Before joining the Obama administration, Cizner worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign committee. From 2001 to 2007, she was a senior associate at Campaign Finance Consultants, a fundraising consulting firm in Washington, DC.  

Cizner graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.