President & CEO, Navy Pier, Inc.Chicago, USA
Marilynn Gardner is President & CEO of Navy Pier, the nonprofit entrusted with the ongoing operation and redevelopment of the lakefront treasure. She has been the driving force behind Navy Pier’s nearly $300 million multi-year redevelopment, transforming 50 acres of Chicago’s premier urban waterfront space into a world-class civic space. She has spent more than two decades ensuring the continued vitality and growth of the “People’s Pier”. Marilynn obtained a BA in Journalism from Marquette University and in 2017 will be honored with the University’s Alumni Communicator of the Year Award.