Visit Oak Park CEO resigns

Tourism organization begins search for new leader

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Visit Oak Park, which promotes tourism in Oak Park and 18 other communities in the area, announced that Sara Barnett, president and CEO since 2015, has resigned from the position to take a new job. 

"The board is thankful for Sara's service over the last two and a half years," Aberdeen Marsh-Ozga, board chair for Visit Oak Park, said in a press release. "She brought stability to Visit Oak Park in the midst of our state budget crisis and built a solid team.

"Sara also understood the value of personal experience in driving tourism. Our social media engagement is at an all-time high and we're phasing in improvements at our Lake Street Visitors Center and retail shop, promoting attractions and artist from throughout our service area."

Barnett served as chief of staff and transition officer for the Illinois Lottery prior to taking the position. 

A press release from Visit Oak Park stated it is currently looking to fill the position. Those interested in the can send resumes and cover letters to


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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: February 15th, 2018 2:04 PM

One can only wonder what horrors would have been unleashed if there had not been "stability" at Visit Oak Park during the budget "crisis".

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: February 15th, 2018 8:56 AM

I wonder if she had anything to do with the article that said tourism brought 22.5 million dollars of revenue into Oak Park per year?

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