Jonathan Copulsky

Jonathan Copulsky joined the Openlands board in 2017. He recently retired from Deloitte after twenty years as a senior client service principal.  In addition to working with clients on customer and marketing strategy engagements, Jonathan served as Deloitte Consulting’s Chief Marketing Officer and led the firm’s global research and publishing program. Immediately prior to Deloitte, he was Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for CCH Incorporated, a NYSE-listed professional publisher.  Jonathan began his career as a high school history teacher.

Jonathan returned to his teaching roots in July when he joined the Northwestern University faculty, where he teaches marketing at Medill, Kellogg, and the Kellogg Executive Education program.  Jonathan’s other encore activities include advising several Chicago-area start-ups and completing his tenth, and final, year of board service with Chicago’s National Public Radio affiliate, WBEZ.

Jonathan graduated from Haverford College and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  He is an aging, but avid, long-distance runner and hiker.  He and his wife, Ellen Barreto, live in Winnetka with Meggie, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Their two adult children and daughter-in-law live in Los Angeles.

“I think too much concrete is not good for people’s mental and emotional health.  Having the chance to connect with the outdoors is good for all of us,” says Jonathan. “I’ve been lucky to have had ample opportunities to get outside in Chicago because I live a block from Crow Island Woods and the Cook County Forest Preserve.  I run all year long on the North Branch and Green Bay Trails and do my summer marathon training on the Des Plaines River Trail.  My favorite running  location in the Chicago area is Palos Park, which is, by far, the hilliest terrain in this area.  Cook County and Lake County have done an absolutely terrific job of setting aside land for forest preserves.”

“I had the chance to meet a number of Openlands board members this summer and was impressed by the quality of the board members, but more importantly by the enthusiasm they have for the organization and the programs that it offers. There’s no better testimony to the vitality of an organization than the enthusiasm and commitment of people closely involved.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to help people like me who like the outdoors, live in the greater Chicago area, and want to connect better to open space. Bringing my marketing and communications skills to Openlands seems like a good match for me and I am tremendously excited about joining the board.”


  • B.A. (History and Religion), Haverford College, Haverford, PA
  • M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA

Non-Profit and Civic Affiliations

  • Chicago Public Media, board member, Finance Committee chair, Executive Committee, Governance Committee Chair (2008 – Present)

Favorite activities and areas of expertise

Jonathan enjoys running in Palos Park and getting outdoors in the Cook County and Lake County forest preserves, and frequently goes on hiking trips around the world. He hopes to bring his expertise in marketing/communications to Openlands.