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Patrick Chesnut

Vice President, Communications

“Good communications rely on more than language; ideas are at the heart of it all. By clarifying and advancing your ideas, you can crystallize your vision, express what makes your mission matter, and bring everyone together around the purpose you share.”

About Patrick Chesnut

An experienced writer, facilitator, and big-picture thinker, Pat works with nonprofit organizations throughout the country to clarify their visions—and to shape the ideas and messages that help advance them.

Since 2010, Pat has worked with over 100 clients across the nonprofit sector, bringing his enthusiasm, creative mindset, and commitment to flexible, genuine partnership to each engagement. Above all else, he enjoys the opportunity to engage deeply with two aspects that make every nonprofit organization unique: its mission and its people.

Pat graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he studied American History and Literature and was a member of the prestigious Signet Society for arts and letters. While there, he also crafted both journalism and cultural criticism as Arts Chair of The Harvard Crimson and wrote original plays for local children’s hospitals.

When not at Campbell & Company, Pat can be found reading and writing, exploring his hometown of Chicago, volunteering for civic causes, and obsessing over his beloved Cubs.

Areas of Expertise

Case Development, Institutional and Philanthropic Visioning, Donor Communications, Campaign Planning Studies, Board Facilitation

Recent Clients Served

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties
  • The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  • FeedMore
  • The Fenn School
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • The Joffrey Ballet
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • The National Aquarium
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • North Central College
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
  • Roger Williams University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Society for Science and the Public
  • University of San Francisco
  • Teton Science Schools
  • Washington Environmental Council
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • WTTW/wfmt
  • Yellowstone Forever
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