CHICAGO, January 3, 2023 — Patrick Martin, managing director of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, has been elected to the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
“We are thrilled that Patrick has been elected to our Board of Managers,” said Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. “Patrick grew up attending the Buehler YMCA in Palatine, and he impressed the entire board and executive team with his enthusiasm and commitment to serving the next generation of Y families in greater Chicago.”
Directing the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in the Midwest, Martin splits his time between Cozen O’Connor’s Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices. His practice focuses on advising highly regulated companies across a variety of business sectors and he advocates for his clients before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments.
In his role at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Martin has greatly expanded the representation of Midwest clients in the nation’s capital and has been repeatedly named one of the country’s “Top Lobbyists” by both “The Hill” newspaper and the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics.
“Since joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies four years ago, Patrick has grown the Chicago practice into one of the largest government relations groups in Illinois and has further led the firm’s Midwest expansion. I am certain that he will draw on the same skills and relationships that have helped make his practice successful in advocating for and bringing fresh opportunities to the YMCA of Metro Chicago,” said Joe Tilson, former vice-chair of the YMCA of Metro Chicago Board of Managers and senior counsel at Cozen O’Connor.
Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Martin spent a decade working closely with his longtime mentor, former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, in both government and at two AmLaw 100 firms.
In 2020, he was named to the annual “40 under 40” list published by Crain’s Chicago Business, recognizing his professional, civic, and charitable contributions. In addition, he was honored by the University of Illinois with a 2020 Outstanding Young Alumni award, celebrating alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and leadership
Martin also serves on the board of directors of Rainbows for All Children, a national nonprofit organization based in suburban Chicago, focused on providing support for children navigating trauma or loss, and on the Junior Board of Catholic Charities in Chicago where he is a member of their Government Relations executive team.
An active member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Martin participates in local clubs in both Chicago and in Washington, D.C. — counseling students and interns on how to best pursue careers in government and public policy.
Martin graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (B.S. 2009, international, resource and consumer economics) where he was an Illinois General Assembly Scholar. He currently resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife Caitlin and their three children.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is the leader in accessible, inclusive programming for more than 200,000 individuals each year, strengthening community by connecting people to their purpose, potential, and each other. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is evolving to become a 21st-century social enterprise for the region, through an association of 14 centers, 5 overnight camps, and 100 extension sites throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. Learn more about the Y's locations and our programming at www.ymcachicago.org.
About Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, an affiliate of the international law firm Cozen O’Connor, is a bipartisan government relations practice representing clients before the federal government and in cities and states throughout the country. With offices in Washington D.C., Richmond, Albany, New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Chicago, Minneapolis and Santa Monica, the firm’s public strategies professionals offer a full complement of government affairs services, including legislative and executive branch advocacy, policy analysis, assistance with government procurement and funding programs, and crisis management. Its client base spans across several industries, including healthcare, transportation, hospitality, education, construction, energy, real estate, entertainment, financial services, and insurance.
About Cozen O’Connor
Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 825 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 32 offices across two continents.