Martha Burns

Martha Burns is an accomplished community leader and advocate who has had great success coordinating both electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. She served as President of the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Board after being elected by the voters in her community by large margins.

In 2017 she was elected to the Oakton Community College Board of Trustees where she oversees a nearly $120 million budget. On the ETHS 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 campaigns including wins for Judge Lionel Jean-Baptiste (2012), Judge Megan Goldish (2014), Judge Jerry Esrig (2016), Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty (2017) and Judge-elect Lindsay Huge (2018). She looks forward to many more victories for strong candidates and causes in the upcoming cycle.