Martha Burns


Martha Burns is an accomplished community leader and advocatewho has had great success coordinating both electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. She served as President of the Evanston Township High School Board after being elected by the voters in her community by large margins. On the board, she helped champion policies which were responsible for a remarkable increase in student achievement – non-white AP participation increased from 186 to 360 students and overall AP participation went from 663 to 930 in 4 years. Improvements in the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks were equally noteworthy, increasing from 10% to 15% per year over four years.

Martha also served 16 years with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) where she played a key role in implementing critical job training, employment and welfare-to-work programs. Her deeply impressive community work helped her develop relationships and skills central to successful electoral and issue advocacy campaign projects.

Martha has played key roles in successful KNI judicial campaigns including wins for Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste (2012), Judge Megan Goldish (2014) and Judge Jerry Esrig (2016). She looks forward to many more victories for strong candidates and causes in the upcoming election cycle.