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Nina Grondin

Managing Partner & Co-founder, Curioso

As the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Curioso, Nina oversees the strategic direction, business operations, and creative processes to ensure the delivery of
meaningful human-centred design projects that propel our clients’ businesses. With more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry and a background in
business, economics, and finance, Nina’s unique perspective guides her work in both high-level thinking and day-to-day operations. Nina is passionate about projects that uplift and propel communities into the future, inspired by creative strategy and brand storytelling that connects people to places and one another.

Curioso’s list of collaborators includes major hotel brands including IHG, Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton, among independent boutique hoteliers and developers from across the US and Mexico. Their work ranges from uniquely-inspired fast-casual dining experiences in Chicago to resorts in the Riviera Maya Mexico. With projects in Seattle, Portland, Nebraska, Miami, Cleveland – and more – Curioso’s work helps clients build inspired, impactful experiences, no matter where they reside.

Having lived and worked in Chicago for 16 years, Nina is passionate about the success of this city and its communities. Her love for Chicago drives her commitment to helping it shine in the eyes of the greater global community. In addition to her role at Choose Chicago, Nina sits on the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board of Directors, working to positively impact the economy and tourism of Chicago. Through this work and beyond, Nina hopes to help every visitor of Chicago experience and understand all this beautiful and dynamic city has to offer. Additionally, Nina is an Executive Board Member of the Hospitality Diversity Action Council (HDAC) working to grow equity and inclusion in the hospitality industry.