About Jim Dodge


Jim is rare combination of private sector executive with decades of elected public service. He is an innovator and has always pushed to make government more efficient to serve people better.

He is currently leading an Advanced Analytics practice at a privately held consulting firm. His team is involved in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Data Science and Risk Analytics. Previously he was a Senior Vice-President at The Nielsen Company which is publicly traded as part of the S&P500. His work focused on consulting and advanced analytics for Consumer Package Goods companies and Retailers. Jim is a co-holder of a US Patent for a time-series analytical process and he has extensive training in Lean Six Sigma, a process improvement method. Prior to Nielsen, James was with McKinsey, a global management consulting firm.

His political career started with the Young Republicans, where he served as Chairman in Orland Township, was elected Orland Republican Township Committeeman and served as a Vice-Chairman for the Young Republican state organization.

He is currently an elected Village Trustee and Mayor Pro Tem in the Village of Orland Park, IL, population 60,000. Jim was first elected Village Clerk in 1989, at the age of 26. In addition, Jim serves currently as Chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee, previously chairing the Finance and IT, Economic Development, Community Development, and Public Works committees.

Jim worked his way through college, earning a bachelor’s degree at DePaul University’s Honor Program and his MBA at the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance & Economics.

Earlier in life, Jim learned discipline and teamwork as a Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard, serving in two units, the 178th Infantry Regiment and the 44th RAOC.

His family includes wife Linda, children Ashley and Jimmy. He attends All Saints Lutheran Church in Orland Park, and is a member of the American Legion Post #111.