Jennifer Baryl

Senior Vice President and Board Liaison

A relationship leader specializing in the development, cultivation and engagement of key institutional stakeholders, Jennifer Baryl works closely with members of the board of trustees, who guide Shedd Aquarium’s long-term strategic direction and provide high-level counsel to staff leaders.

Baryl also works closely with Shedd’s president/CEO to support strategic planning and implementation of board operations. Responsible for building strong relationships between board members and executive staff, Baryl supports Nominating Committee tracking and recommendations, new member orientations, individual member and committee guidance, board/staff partnerships and bylaws requirements monitoring in coordination with Shedd’s CFO. In addition, Baryl serves as a critical link for the board to receive current information about aquarium initiatives and events, overseeing a variety of communications channels and creating opportunities for trustees to engage in open dialogue with senior staff.

Baryl has over 20 years of experience managing Shedd's high-profile events and board of trustee fundraising activities, including initiating the annual gala. Her ongoing involvement with the gala committee and development program has contributed to the marquee event’s success. She also has extensive experience in all aspects of development, including managing direct mail, donor travel, events strategy and planning, solicitation and major gift cultivation.

Before coming to Shedd in 1994, Baryl worked in development at Lyric Opera of Chicago, renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. She is highly engaged in Women in Development Professions (WIDP), a 75-member group of women fundraisers in the field for ten or more years, who provide professional development, discuss career advancement and socialize best practices in the field. Baryl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Saint Mary’s University of Winona, Minnesota. 


Jennifer Baryl, Senior Vice President- Liaison to the Board of TrusteesI enjoy introducing trustees and prospective board members to our staff so they can make connections. Members of our board are truly interested in what's happening at Shedd, and with the enthusiasm the team brings, it's a great experience all around.

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