Director of Communications
Taryn Williams leads the communications team at Advance Illinois.
From Fox & Friends to Time Magazine, Taryn is a media maven, garnering national and local media coverage for major brands such as McDonald’s, Harley Davidson and M&M’s. During her five-year stint in the Chicago office of global PR firm, Weber Shandwick, she was a sought after team member, developing strategic media angles to pierce even the toughest of publications. As one of the founding members of the Got Milk? social media team, Taryn and team oversaw content development for the brand’s emerging social media pages. At Burrell Communications, one the world’s most prominent multicultural marketing firms, she served as a program lead on McDonald’s and Toyota, managing client and media relations.
As a respected and trusted advisor to the brand, Taryn played a pivotal role in the creation of McDonald’s first ever at Burrell, she created and executed the award-winning PR program, McCafe Grind. Locally, Taryn has oversaw and executed communications strategies for emerging healthcare and security clients as well as state legislatures. She has secured coverage in major local and national media outlets such as Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Ebony Magazine, Good Day Chicago, and the Washington Post to name a few. Taryn is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia as well as Illinois school districts 132 and 218. She is also the proud mother of a CPS student and resides on the northwest side of Chicago.