Ryan P. McLaughlin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ryan McLaughlin is president and CEO of Mac Strategies Group. Since launching in 2008, McLaughlin has directed the firm’s success into becoming one of the most sought after teams for executing savvy communications and issue advocacy campaigns throughout Illinois.
McLaughlin brings over twenty years of political, media, government and public affairs expertise to clients who require effective public policy campaigns. A veteran of several state and federal campaigns, along with governmental roles in the Illinois state legislature and on Capitol Hill, his vast experience translates into a wealth of strategic expertise relied upon to counsel clients no matter what challenge they are facing. His strong network of contacts in local, state and federal government, combined with extensive media contacts across the state, makes him one of the most successful political and media operatives in Illinois. Campaigns and Elections magazine has named him one of the “Top Influencers” in Illinois politics and his firm has won nearly two dozen awards for waging successful communications and issue advocacy campaigns.
Mac Strategies Group delivers high-level communications and public affairs results for a diverse set of clients, including Fortune 100 corporations, issue advocacy coalitions, trade associations, units of government, public policy organizations, non-profits and charitable organizations. The firm’s professionals offer a unique set of relationships cultivated over years of public and private sector experiences, including the worlds of politics, journalism and various public affairs roles. With offices in Chicago and Springfield, McLaughlin and his firm provide hands-on counsel for its clients and the results they deserve.
Ryan McLaughlin serves on the board of directors of the Big Shoulders Chairman’s Advisory Council. He is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Ryan lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood with his wife, Britt, and their daughter.