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James Burns
  • Interim Executive Director, Illinois
  • The Kennedy Forum

James Burns is the Interim Executive Director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois. Prior to becoming the Interim Executive Director, James was Program Director for many years, and has been with The Kennedy Forum Illinois since 2016. In his time with the organization he has connected with thousands of people across Chicago, Illinois, and the country. He is someone living with a mental health condition and has 12 years of recovery from alcohol misuse. He is passionate about the work of The Kennedy Forum, and uses the platform to share his story to fulfill the mission of the organization to eliminate the stigma and discrimination against those living with mental health and substance use disorders.

He is a Chicagoan, a husband, and father to two young daughters.


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