Lisa Acker, Partner
Lisa brings extraordinary depth and breadth of experience to her clients through her background directing development efforts for both prominent politicians and leading nonprofit institutions. She is results-oriented and excels at understanding what motivates donors.
During her six years with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Lisa worked with staff, individual donors, corporations and foundations to raise over $7 million annually for the highly acclaimed institution. She identified and developed key Chicago leadership and played a central role in the Museum’s 20th Anniversary national endowment campaign and corporate giving program in Chicago. Lisa also served as Midwest Political Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She established leadership boards in Chicago and other major Midwest cities, managed legislative mobilizations, organized and presented at briefings, and grew membership while expanding the scope of influence to reach more legislators.
On the political front, Lisa worked in both Chicago and Washington, DC, providing fundraising and advice to prominent Senate candidates and incumbents. She began her career as a development associate for Voters for Choice in Washington, DC, where she organized fundraising events and benefit concerts by artists Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. She has been trying to have that much fun ever since. Lisa holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband and three children.
Nancy Kohn, Partner
Nancy is a veteran political consultant, focusing on fundraising, strategy and advocacy, engaging an extensive network that includes some of the nation's most prominent business leaders, policy experts, investors, and donors.
Nancy brings a critical approach in connecting the worlds of politics and policy and its impact on solving some of the most challenging issues that face society today. Well-known for her work with Senator Dick Durbin, Nancy has served as a senior staff advisor for two decades. In the fall of 2013 she led fundraising and strategy efforts for the successful campaign to bring marriage equality to Illinois through the Illinois Unites for Marriage Coalition. Since 2003, Nancy and her firm, Nancy Kohn Consulting, LLC have provided strategic counsel and fundraising assistance to many Democratic Senate candidates, progressive candidates and organizations including: the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Natural Resources Defense Council, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis, Senators Al Franken, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown.
A world traveler who has a commitment to life-long learning, Nancy is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, and in recent years has seen the political and economic challenges first hand though sponsored travel to Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Israel. She is Chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership. Nancy has a B. Phil. from Miami University and a M.Sc. from London School of Economics and Political Science. She and her husband live in Lakeview, and enjoy spending time with their four adorable grandchildren.
Art Friedson, Writer
Art brings our clients creative writing skills tempered by a long career as a Human Resources executive at organizations including CDW and Amoco. Throughout his career, Art has been recognized for his ability to address complex issues in clear, compelling, compact prose. He now applies the skills he honed writing policy manuals, personnel manuals, and benefits communications to the work of Just Cause Consulting. Art holds a B.A. in Psychology from The City College, City University of New York, and an M.S. in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago.