Chicago Botanic Garden

AT THE GARDEN — Senior staff

Jim Boudreau

Vice President of Marketing and Development

PHOTO: Jim Boudreau

Civic and Educational Affiliations

Western Golf Association/ Evans Scholars Foundation

Capital Campaign Committee, Northwestern University Chapter House

As vice president of marketing and development for the Chicago Botanic Garden, Jim Boudreau directs all fundraising and integrated marketing efforts. These include membership, the Annual Fund, endowment, corporate relations, board and donor relations, and foundations and public sector agencies, as well as advertising, public relations, and online marketing. Jim helped shape the marketing plan for the opening of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center in 2009.  Since 2010,  Jim has been focused on generating awareness of and demand for the Garden's ten-year strategic plan, "Keep Growing," and raising funds for the plan's capital projects and endowment goals.  The plan has generated sufficient funds for the following capital projects:  the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden, Kleinman Family Cove, Café Renovation, Bike Path, and North Lake Shoreline Restoration.  Pledges have been received toward the Education Center on the Learning Campus, the new greenhouse and nursery campus, and endowment.  In 2012, the Garden generated a record $26 million in fundraising, which demonstrates the growing relevance of the Garden's programs across all audiences. 

Jim joined the Garden in 2009 from the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where for six years he served as senior vice president of marketing, responsible for brand management, integrated marketing, and fundraising. Prior to his role at the National Restaurant Association, he worked in the advertising agency industry in Chicago for Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, and Foote, Cone & Belding. 

Jim received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in advertising from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is also a director of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.