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Olivia M. Pantoja

Senior Director


Olivia Pantoja leads clients through advocacy and strategy efforts, serving organizations in a range of industries with their most complex issues. With a long-standing history of representing professional and trade associations, Olivia often incorporates her relationships with industry leaders in her work at all levels of government.

She has partnered with organizations in hospitality, health care, nonprofits, sports teams and more on initiatives including criminal justice reform, supplier diversity, procurement and environmental matters.

Prior Experience

Olivia has served as a government relations consultant at all levels, including federal, multi-state, Cook County and the City of Chicago. In addition to her extensive experience representing restaurant groups, health care associations and other industries, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at National-Louis University. Olivia co-founded The Maverick Movement, a non-profit that is committed to improving the quality of life in her hometown of Lordsburg, New Mexico. As a member of the Latino Leadership Council board, Olivia is proud to bring the perspective of a historically underrepresented group to her work at the national level.

Personal Interests

Olivia’s favorite season is golf season — you’ll often find her enjoying her free time on the course. She also loves doing yoga and running.

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National Louis University - Chicago
M.P.P. (2009)

National Louis University - Chicago
B.A. in Social Science (2003)

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Planned Parenthood Illinois Action — Board member, 2022-present
  • The Maverick Movement — Board president, 2021-present
  • Latino Leadership Council — Board member, 2022-present
  • CHANGEIL — Board member, 2020-present
  • Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association — Leadership Circle
  • Gilda’s Club Chicago — Advisory board member, 2010-14
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