James D. Nathan established James David Nathan & Co. in 1989 and has worked with a wide range of clients in many industries since then. He is primarily responsible for providing clients with strategic counsel and creative copywriting services, while also supervising in the execution of media-relations programs.

Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Nathan had a 20-year career in journalism and public relations, including 14-years as an editor and writer for the Chicago Tribune. At the Tribune, his primary focus was coverage of real estate news, and he served as editor of the paper’s weekly new homes section. At other times he was a community affairs reporter and an editor for the Tribune’s coverage of the arts, television, men’s and women’s fashions and books.

After leaving the Tribune, Mr. Nathan served as editorial director of The Weiser Group, an advertising and public relations agency. He then joined the Chicago office of Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations (now Edelman Worldwide) as vice president in its corporate affairs group, leaving that agency to accept a position as public relations director for a diversified private holding company. He served as contributing editor for Real Estate Forum magazine for approximately five years.

Mr. Nathan has been a member of the boards of both the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Common Pantry, and was an active docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation for 15 years, leading tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Oak Park.

A native of Chicago and a graduate of Lake View High School, Mr. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the School of Commerce at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin/Madison School of Law. At Wisconsin, he served as an editor of the Daily Cardinal student newspaper and was editor in chief of The Advocate, the law school’s monthly student newspaper.


Mary Jo Kluxdal joined James David Nathan & Co. in 1998 and was named vice president of the firm in 2001.  She is the chief administrative officer and plays a key role in planning and executing all media relations programs.

Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Kluxdal spent nearly 18 years in retail management, including 14 years with Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s).  Most recently, she was the assistant store manager at Marshall Field’s Water Tower Place store.  There she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of approximately half of the departments in the store, which had annual sales of more than $100 million and is located in the heart of the Chicago’s world-renowned Michigan Avenue shopping district.  She also served as the chair of the store’s philanthropic committee and coordinated all charitable activities by store staff.

Additionally, Ms. Kluxdal is a certified trainer in Interaction Management and holds an Illinois real estate sales license.  She volunteered for a number of years as a tutor with Partners in Education.

Ms. Kluxdal attended Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill., before enrolling at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the Kelly School of Business.