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Patrick Martin

Once an Ag Econ (B.S. 2009) undergraduate student in the College of ACES, Patrick Martin has had an impactful career in public affairs.

Currently, Patrick is managing the Cozen O’Connor Midwest public affairs practice based in Chicago by serving as Principal and Director. In this position, he directs the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in the Midwest, working between the Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice focuses on advising companies in healthcare, energy, financial services, retail, transportation, cannabis, higher education, and several other business sectors. Patrick advocates directly before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments throughout the Midwest.

Prior to working for Cozen O’Connor, Patrick spent time at McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington, D.C., quickly becoming the youngest senior V.P. in company history and working with former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh in both government and private practice.

When thinking back on his time at the University of Illinois, Patrick notes a few points that made his experience unique.

With the intimacy of the College of ACES through small class sizes and involved instructors, Patrick was able to build lasting relationships with successful faculty such as Dr. Robert Thompson (now retired). Patrick says that Dr. Thompson helped him realize that he had a passion for policy and continued to keep in touch after he finished his undergraduate degree. When working in his first post-college position for then Senator Evan Bayh, Patrick was able to talk to Dr. Thompson about both having worked with Bayh in the past 

Despite staying busy with work and his wife and two children, Patrick still manages to stay active in the UIUC alumni associations in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well as mentoring students and interns regarding careers in public policy.


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