the chamber

andersonville chamber of commerce

Accessible – We want it to be easier than ever to reach and work with the Chamber. If you have any questions or concerns, we’ll stop by your business or set up an in-person meeting as soon as possible.

Supportive – Our team is equipped to answer questions about licensing, permitting, financing, special events, social media, marketing, eco-improvements, and much more. We know that our members and businesses are doing more with less these days – and we want to support your business needs in any way we can.

Creative – Similar to the small business owners we work to support, we will continue to think outside the box in order to make Andersonville a special neighborhood and destination for all.

Please contact us with any questions, comments or to set up a meeting.

5217 North Clark Street, #3
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Phone: 773-728-2995
Fax: 773-728-6488
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5:30PM

the staff

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce staff is committed to accessible, supportive, and creative work.

Laura Austin - she/her/hers

Executive Director

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Background: While still in charge of running ACC events as well as managing community relationships, Laura will now serve as the ACC Board liaison and co-manage City and Ward relations. Laura joined the Chamber team in February 2017. She has ten years experience running events, five for the Chamber, and five in the non-profit school sector and has a background in teaching. Laura was a resident of the Andersonville & Uptown area for 15 years and is proud to be working in the place she called home.

Contact Laura About: ACC Board inquiries, Andersonville special events, community outreach, Andersonville social justice work, Midsommarfest opportunities, school partnerships, and community collaboration.

David Oakes - he/him/his/they/them

Director of Business Services & District Manager

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Background: Our “concierge to the business community,” David will continue in his regular duties along with taking on high-level economic development, managing SSA #22 and co-managing City and Ward relations. David began serving the Andersonville business community in his current role in February 2017. He has worked for Andersonville in multiple capacities over the years, having primarily served as one of the Andersonville Farmers Market Managers since its inception in 2009. He comes from a background in environmental science and culinary and is excited about out-of-the-box business attraction and community development in Andersonville.

Contact David About: Membership inquires, available retail space, business rebates and SSA incentives, long-term business attraction, SSA boundaries and management, neighborhood development and more.

Lesley Martinez - she/her/hers
Director of Marketing

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Background: Lesley DeJan Martinez, MS Mrkt, is a seasoned creative entrepreneur whose professional career spans 21 years and has woven together a dynamic set of skills including media production, nonprofit development and leadership, program development and implementation, community building, DEI training facilitation, design and implement digital marketing strategies as well as design and develop business processes supported by technology platforms. 10 years of experience in Event Project management and Brand Product launches.

Recently awarded Marketing 2.0 S 2022 Excellence in Marketing Leadership Award
and MARSum's (Marketing Advertising and Retail Summit) 2020 - 2021 Global Top 100 Influencers in Marketing and Advertising. Previous awards included 2016 Invest Chicago Award and 2018 Accenture Social Impact Fellowship.

Education background includes, a BS degree in Applied Behavior Science, National Louis University, a MS degree in Marketing with additional graduate certificates in Brand Management and Digital Marketing Strategy from Walden University, completing a PhD in Community Psychology with focus on Economic Development (ABD) from National Louis University.

Contact Lesley About: marketing, events, social media

board of directors 2022-22

Carol Jones

Metz + Jones LLC
Board Member

Dean Hervochon

The Go To Gay Guy
Board Member

Ronna Hoffberg

5443 North Broadway Commercial Building
Vice Chair

Karin Moen Abercrombie

Swedish American Museum

Lynn Mooney

Women & Children First
Board Member

Hallie Borden

Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal

Caitlin Botsios

Helix Cafe
Board Member

Martin Cournane

Lady Gregory’s & The Birdcage
Board Member

Joey Cranford

Chicago Magic Lounge
Board Member

Searah Deysach

Early to Bed

Lindsey Anderson

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar and Fromagerie & Tasting Room
Board Member

Amy Giordano

Gus Giordano Dance School
Board Member

Barbara Janusek

State Farm Insurance
Board Member

Mark Liberson

Replay & Elixir
Board Member

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Chicago Dance Supply
Board Member

Steve Satek

Great Lakes Clinical Trials
Board Member

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