Karen Grotto, Executive Director of UChicago Creative

Karen Grotto joined the University of Chicago as the Executive Director of UChicago Creative in January 2018. Grotto is responsible for leading the team to deliver strategic, high-quality, carefully targeted and efficiently produced communications.

Grotto believes in the power of big ideas and the strong collaboration needed to bring them to life. She’s an award-winning, hands-on creative leader. From B-to-C to B-to-B, her experience is as diverse as the brands she’s contributed to including WXRT radio, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Cook’s Ham, CNH Global, Elmhurst History Museum, Glade, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge, BP and CDW.

Most recently Grotto served as an Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather. She helped build the RedWorks creative team with a focus on high-volume, high-quality creative delivered with operational efficiencies. She has also held creative roles at Edelman, Cramer-Krasselt and Petrick Design.

Grotto attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a BFA in Graphic Design. She’s the oldest of 10 siblings and enjoys athletic endeavors, including a dedicated yoga practice.