Garrett Karp joined Evanston Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director in January of 2022 with over a decade of experience in program leadership at Chicago membership organizations and cultural institutions. He previously served as Program Manager at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce where he oversaw Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, one of the largest Special Service Areas in the City of Chicago. Prior to that, he directed Open House Chicago at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which grew into the largest free architecture festival of its kind in the world under his leadership, with over 100,000 attendees annually. Outside the office, Garrett is an accomplished musician, avid longboarder, and an adequate 16″ softball player. Garrett is a Chicago native and has a degree in Geography & Urban Planning from Michigan State University.