2016 Annual Report

Better together

How MPC partners to create a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable region.

How we work better together

Challenging inequality, driving growth

Segregation and inequality in the Chicago region are too high. Economic and population growth are too low. There is an inextricable link between these two facts, and we know that real solutions to either must address both.

Bringing the right people together to take on the biggest challenges

We’re known for setting a common table for government, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations—creating collaborations where new ideas can flourish and partnerships deepen.

Empowering local voices

We work directly with people and organizations in neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region, providing technical support, making connections, figuring out financing. MPC helps write the blueprints for change, and we’re there to help when the change starts, too.

Focusing on the building blocks of a strong region

MPC is a thought leader for the Chicago area, with research, analysis and insight on the infrastructure investments that will form the future of the city and suburbs—transit linked to housing, land use linked to water management.

Pushing for efficient, effective government

Creating a 21st century urban region is far more challenging with outdated, fragmented governance. Illinois has too many duplicative, sometimes dysfunctional government units, and MPC is a leader, advocate, and ally in tackling our proliferation of governments.

Tallying the Cost of Segregation

Billions in lost wages. Thousands of young people without the education they need to fulfill their potential. Hundreds of lives cut short by violence.

MPC’s Marisa Novara and M.G. Bertuflo discuss the benefits of living in integrated communities.

When M.G. Bertuflo and her husband moved from California 20 years ago, she found Chicago’s segregation a bit of a culture shock. She was glad to be connected to the Oak Park Regional Housing Center to help her family find a home in a relatively integrated community.

“Exposures to people with different experiences make you more compassionate. You learn to care about your neighbors. Being neighborly makes you human,” Bertuflo says, adding that she also knows that living in Oak Park is far from a perfect solution. “You don’t remain untouched by segregation living in an integrated community.”

In March 2017, MPC released The Cost of Segregation, a groundbreaking study that demonstrates in stark terms that segregation touches everybody in the Chicago region, no matter where they live. The report found that Chicago area residents would earn an additional $4.4 billion in income every year if we reduced the level of segregation between African Americans and whites to the national median. Reaching that median also would have prevented 229 homicides last year, and 83,000 more people would have earned a bachelor’s degree.

$8 billion

The Chicago region’s gross domestic product would grow by $8 billion if it was less segregated.

Created in partnership with the Urban Institute, the study analyzed segregation patterns in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. The Chicago region had the 5th highest combined racial and economic segregation, the 9th highest Latino-white segregation and the 10th highest African American-white segregation.

The hard numbers of the The Cost of Segregation have already begun shifting the narrative on segregation in Chicago and beyond, with more than 300 media outlets covering the report, from the Chicago Tribune to the Economist, from WBEZ to CNN. Cardinal Blase Cupich cited the study at an anti-violence march in Englewood, and MPC discussed its findings at a press conference where seven Northwest Side Chicago aldermen vowed to add affordable housing to their wards. MPC vice president and lead author Marisa Novara has presented on the study at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard and will be a keynote speaker in Detroit and Brussels for the German Marshall Fund Vibrant Cities Forum.

MPC’s Alden Loury talks about the Cost of Segregation research findings.

“Our idea from the beginning was that a moral lens has proven insufficient to move policy in our region,” Novara says. “With rigorous research that clearly outlines the cost to all of us—including but not only low-income families or people of color—we are  starting a broader new conversation.”

To help guide the authors through the process, MPC assembled an advisory team of nearly 30 local experts from community-based organizations, issue-based advocates, funders, and others with experience across the Chicago region. They shaped the final report over more than a year, exploring ideas with MPC and Urban staff. They asked probing questions like, “Aren’t ethnic enclaves worthy places to call home?” “With a focus on the problems of segregation, are you suggesting that integration will solve everything?”

“The findings are so strong and shocking in terms of the human and economic potential that is limited by segregation in our region. Taking on segregation is a route to address a whole set of inter-related issues—getting to the root causes of violence, of health and wellness issues, of economic distress, and more.”

—Ianna Kachoris, senior program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which supported the research

“MPC is at the forefront of studying the issues facing our region, and they pulled together the best policy minds,” says Juan Carlos Linares, the executive director of the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) and an advisor to the study. “We had experts in statistics and the demographics, and also those who could discuss observable phenomenon going on that should be addressed.”

$6 billion

If the regional homicide rate had been at the level associated with the national median for segregation in 2010, residential real estate values would have increased by at least $6 billion.

The Cost of Segregation opens discussions about investments and policies on issues like transit, housing and economic development, and can serve as a catalyst for exploring largely hidden impacts of segregation, too. For instance, informal but real racial boundaries between neighborhoods and municipalities can be an impediment to consolidation of schools, park districts or other government bodies, standing in the way of opportunities to improve government efficiency.

“Segregation accelerates and perpetuates injustice. It makes it much easier and more efficient to discriminate against groups of people,” Novara says. “It’s not so simple as to say that solving segregation would solve inequities in our region, but the first step to a better future is a clear understanding of where we are today and how we got here.”

Next up is a companion study dedicated to MPC’s second overarching question: Given its negative impact on issues of equity, what can we do to mitigate the impact of patterns of racial and economic segregation?

“We’re starting the second phase like the first: Without a preconception of what we’ll find or where the research will take us,” Novara says. “But now it’s clear that for all of our sakes, as a region, we need to find and embrace new answers.”

Read the Cost of Segregation »

Collaborating in the Calumet

Partners in restoring the Calumet region.

MPC’s Josh Ellis and Ramont Bell with Faith in Place at a new rain garden in East Side, part of a 2016 initiative to mitigate stormwater flooding in the Calumet region.

For more than a decade, the Metropolitan Planning Council has been a leader in revitalizing and restoring the Calumet region, from affordable housing solutions to riverfront planning, from building government partnerships to engaging residents in placemaking. In 2016, as attention to one of Chicago’s most underappreciated assets grows, MPC has been more involved than ever.

300 million

The Calumet Water Reclamation Plant cleans more than 300 million gallons of the region’s wastewater a day.

The Calumet area encompasses dozens of Chicago neighborhoods and south suburban municipalities, many of which work on tight budgets to serve moderate- and low-income communities. Including areas on both sides of the Illinois-Indiana border, it’s home to more than a million residents, a legacy of industry, the south shore lakefront and the Calumet River, and 6,000 acres of high-quality natural areas.

“When you look at the size of the landscape, it’s about the same size as the San Francisco Bay Area—900 square miles. Given all that, it’s not easy to coordinate growth. It means we need to work together across disciplines and across the region,” says Bill Steers, general manager at ArcelorMittal, which has supported MPC’s work in the Calumet region, including with the Calumet Land Conservation Partnership, which works to ehance the area’s open space and rare ecosystems.

Steers is also the chair of the board of directors at the Calumet Collaborative, a public-private coalition focused on fostering economic, ecological and cultural opportunities in the area. “MPC has been involved in all these fronts,” Steers says. “I can’t say enough about how much MarySue [Barrett, MPC president] and Josh [Ellis, MPC vice president] are respected for their work in this region.”

MPC works directly with local institutions too. In suburban Blue Island, for example, our staff has been a resource to secure outside funding for needed infrastructure improvements, including millions of dollars in state, county and regional grants to mitigate urban flooding by planting new trees and replacing crumbling 80-year-old pipes. We’ve connected the city with volunteer architects to design gathering points along the Cal-Sag Trail and helped write the municipality’s transit-oriented development plan.

“MPC has provided staff time and expertise we couldn’t afford—they take policy work and make it concrete in our community. And the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative has brought people here that wouldn’t be in the Calumet region without it.”

—Jason Berry, former deputy director of community development for the City of Blue Island

The most dramatic example of MPC’s dedication was the dive Ellis took into the Calumet River last year (and again in 2017), to show off a much cleaner river and to raise funds to continue the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail along the Calumet. “We saw an egret, herons, jumping fish, a turtle. We’ve got a ways to go, but think about what the river offers Blue Island and the Calumet region. You’re going to start to see concerts along the water, boat races, and more, because the water is finally clean enough that people can truly see the Calumet as a river,” he says.

In 2014, MPC formed another regionwide initiative, the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative. With severe storms, topography and aging sewer systems that consistently flood homes and businesses, the region has an ad hoc mix of government, nonprofit organizations, universities, land managers and engineering firms that play some role in resolving the issue. The collaborative meets monthly to coordinate their efforts.

“Because of the connections we make and the information they have learned, we believe people are making better decisions about stormwater,” Ellis says. Early products of the collaborative include free design schematics for green infrastructure and an online mapping viewer that makes a wide array of data for planning stormwater solutions accessible to the public.

Ramont Bell, an outreach coordinator with Faith in Place, a nonprofit that helps houses of worship improve their ecological footprint, says the resources make a big difference. “Every month someone presents a new tool we can use or emergent technology coming down the line. People who work at agencies offering grants tell us how to apply. If you have a question, you can just turn around and tap someone on the shoulder and ask their perspective,” he says about the value of participants in the collaborative.

Rain garden at the Advocate United Church of Christ in Chicago’s East Side community.

Last year, Bell was part of a team that installed five new rain gardens at local churches. With site-specific calculations, gravel filling underground ditches, and particularly thirsty plant species, each garden can hold more than 3,000 gallons of rain water—water that doesn’t then flow to overtaxed stormwater sewers. “They’re beautiful gardens, too. It really enhances the blocks they’re on,” Bell says. “The community just loves it.”

13 sites

There are 13 sites in the Calumet region with natural ecosystems so rare they’re considered globally significant.

Bell says that the garden grant from the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund, which also gave 500 rain barrels to local residents and helped prevent more than 43,000 gallons of stormwater from entering the sewer system, is an example of what the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative offers. The partnership of nonprofits and consultants that delivered the program—including planning, engineering and community outreach—was formed at the monthly collaborative meetings. “Everything we needed was there,” Bell says.

MPC is also looking to boost the region’s capacity by making local government more effective. MPC has a track record of fostering collaboration between units of government on housing issues and building inspections. That work, along with models of service sharing from clusters of communities around Glenview and Oswego, could lead to broader partnerships to help maintain infrastructure, attract new businesses and manage natural resources.

“These are very sophisticated and battle-tested models to share services and staff to be more efficient,” says Alden Loury, MPC’s director of research and evaluation. “With some technical assistance from us and partners like the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, joint procurement and shared staff could deliver more with less for Calumet.”

More about Calumet collaboration »

Next Stop: Community Development

Turning around a legacy of disinvestment and segregation.

MPC’s Kendra Freeman and Bernard Loyd from the Bronzeville Incubator at the 51st Street Green Line Station, highlighting the potential for new investments at a key transit station on the South Side.

From Greenline Farms, the rooftop garden on top of the Bronzeville Jerk Shack, you can see the CTA El station at 51st Street a block away and a glimpse of Boxville, a colorful set of shipping containers that now house a bike repair shop and a mix of mini-food shops serving pomme frites, fresh produce and Italian ices. Mostly what you see, though, is a lot of potential.

The garden, restaurant and Boxville are projects of Urban Juncture, a community development group that operates the Bronzeville Incubator, encompassing a half dozen new enterprises on 51st. Bernard Loyd, the group’s founder and president, says that the cluster is a start, but after decades of population loss and disinvestment, the commercial corridor’s empty lots and shuttered storefronts show that it’s not enough.

10%

Of Cook County residents live in “transit deserts.”

Center for Neighborhood Technology

“There are ten things within a block or so of the station, but there really needs to be 50 or more diverse quality offerings to get to that density and diversity where it will attract folks,” says Loyd, who also sits on the board of the Metropolitan Planning Council. “Transit stations are centers of commerce in communities. On the South Side of Chicago and much of the West Side of Chicago, that’s not there. Fundamentally, it’s an issue of a lack of opportunity and a lack of access to resources.”

That might be changing, though. The 51st Street stop is one of seven CTA stations that are targeted by L-Evated Chicago, a new partnership between MPC and other organizations, committed to transforming the half-mile radius around the stations into hubs of development and community life. The initiative is funded by a national coalition, the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), which chose six cities’ applications that leverage existing efforts and create development patterns that support racial equity, health, and climate resiliency.

Bronzeville community garden is at the Southeast corner of the 51st Street Green Line station.

“L-Evated Chicago is an example of a program that can help the city turn around a legacy of disinvestment and segregation. Equitable development—that builds density and creates growth in places that have been starved for investment for too long— is good for the city, good for the region, and in the big picture, good for the planet, “ says Don Chen, the director for equitable development at the Ford Foundation, one of SPARCC’s funders.

The advantages of building a mix of housing and retail in close walking distance to transit stops is well documented. With our Grow Chicago caluculator and advocacy with others for the ordinance that changed Chicago zoning laws to promote transit oriented development, MPC has been an enthusiastic supporter. Yet while TOD has become increasingly common in Chicago and suburbs over the last few years, most new buildings close to transit have been in more well-to-do communities, from Wicker Park to Arlington Heights.

“We have four different communities [in L-Evated Chicago], each looking at the issue of transit-oriented development from their own perspective. We have these opportunities to learn from each other, and we’ve been talking with other cities too, like San Francisco and Memphis, to hear their ideas.”

—Ghian Foreman, executive director of the Greater Southwest Development Corp.

ETOD—equitable transit-oriented development—is a conscious effort to ensure that the benefits of transit-oriented development are available to low- and moderate-income communities as well, where they can be a catalyst for investment and growth. MPC’s Corridor Development Initiative is a proven technical assistance tool to support ETOD. We have organized participatory planning processes in communities from Aurora to Logan Square, where hundreds of residents work with architects, developers and finance experts to create community-led priorities for local development at a specific site.

“The Corridor Development Initiative is a community engagement tool to help neighborhood residents envision what kind of development they want and give them a way to have input before development starts,” says Kendra Freeman, a manager at MPC.

L-Evated Chicago also brings in community partners to the discussion of how to best promote cultural, retail, and residential development around their local CTA transit station, joining a diverse collaborative of civic organizations, policy and advocacy groups, community development financial institutions and the City of Chicago. In addition to focusing on the specific locations, the coalition will also transform public and private decision-making structures in the region that have an impact on systemic development patterns. “There are institutional processes rooted in our history of living so separately by income and race. These structural inequities continue to hinder growth in neighborhoods where low-income residents and people of color live,” Freeman says. “We need to change that.”

In Bronzeville, Loyd hopes that in the next six to 12 months, L-Evated Chicago can help “activate the streetscape” with clean-up, new trees, and signs and events that center around the neighborhood’s arts, history, and culture. Soon after, he’s hoping to attract new access to capital and other resources to fuel more local development.

“Train lines should be gateways between communities. In many ways, unfortunately, they are not,” says Loyd. “To me, what is so exciting about L-Evated Chicago is how it has embraced the El as a common thread that binds us together as a city.”

More about transit-oriented development »

Great Rivers Chicago

Revitalizing the river with the most varied and sweeping public outreach process in MPC history.

MPC’s Kara Riggio talks with Juan Carlos Ocon, the principal at Benito Juarez Community Academy about engaging students in riverfront development.

For recreation, ecological diversity, and green space, Chicago’s rivers are our last frontier, rivaling the historic reclaiming of our lakefront as open, free and clear. The Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers, with a total of 155 miles of riverfront in the city, offer amazing potential to be assets in different ways for communities across the city.

The Metropolitan Planning Council has long advocated for riverfront access and  redevelopment, both regionally and in specific sites. With Mayor Emanuel’s release of Our Great Rivers, a new vision for Chicago’s rivers last year, we have launched an ambitous effort to enhance riverfront access.

In 2015, the Office of the Mayor and the Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and ArcelorMittal asked MPC to helm Great Rivers Chicago, to create a guide for a high-functioning river system in the city. With Chicago’s rivers cleaner than in decades, there was a clear need to coordinate riverfront development that has been accelerating piecemeal, beyond the Loop’s Riverwalk, and to unlock latent potential where investment has been largely absent.

Great Rivers Chicago

The result, released in August 2016, is Our Great Rivers, a vision for Chicago’s rivers to be “inviting, productive and living,” with benchmarks on real-time water quality information and continuous riverfront trails by 2020, 2030 and 2040. Created in partnership with Friends of the Chicago River and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and many others, the vision is the result of wide-ranging research, input from an experienced leadership commission and resource group, and the most varied and sweeping public outreach process in MPC’s history.

Juan Carlos Ocon, principal of Benito Juarez Community Academy, talks about the partnerships that have evolved between the school and the South Branch Park Advisory Council.

“Talking to so many people, we really heard about local priorities and the kind of amenities that would attract people to the riverfront. We saw how different communities have different needs and opportunities—some conversations focused heavily on recreation, others on access or jobs ,” says Kara Riggio, Great Rivers Chicago manager at MPC. The vision includes five examples of locations where new planning and investment could create exciting new riverfront development. “If you think of it like Google Earth, this Vision addresses issues at the system level, then zooms in to see how the ideas could play out at an underused specific site along the river and begins the conversation for what could be possible in the future.”

“Like all city dwellers, Chicagoans are hungry for quiet places of reflection, relaxation and recreation. MPC and the City have embarked on a sensitive and thoughtful process to guide development on our rivers. I believe that the exhaustive strategic planning to date has set the stage for success.”

—Kim Coventry, executive director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

At the Ashland Avenue site at Bubbly Creek, for instance, the Vision explores how a dormant parcel of land could become a mixed-use development featuring housing, retail, community space, river access, and recreational opportunities like a riverfront trail. Located right at the Ashland CTA Orange Line station, the changes would form a new river-oriented and transit-oriented hub and an asset for the Bridgeport and Pilsen neighborhoods.

“When I think about access to that wide open space, I really get excited. There are so many possibilities on so many levels,” says Juan Carlos Ocon, the principal at Benito Juarez Community Academy, located on the edge of an industrial corridor just a few blocks north of the site.

6,000 people

More than 6,000 people provided in-depth input to Our Great Rivers through nine community meetings, more than 100 group interviews, river experiences and an online survey.

Juarez students have joined the recently-formed South Branch Park Advisory Council (PAC) and are engaged in PAC initiatives. The high school’s art department has already been talking about collaborating with local organizations to decorate the space, ROTC and sports teams want to practice and drill in the park, and the science department has eyes on using it as a new outdoor classroom. “That’s a new relationship for us that MPC helped broker—they came to the school and gave us a chance to be involved,” Ocon says.

MPC has been working with a number of community groups on revitalizing their riverfronts, particularly in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods on the South and Southwest sides, where the rivers are often inaccessible for residents. Our online resource guide, Activate Your Riverfront, walks users through the process of unlocking the river’s potential, from determining who owns the land to promoting a project. These types of initiatives received a significant boost, thanks to the recent announcement by the Chicago Community Trust, an initial funder of Great Rivers Chicago, that they will fund community planning efforts for riverfront development.

Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab

In partnership with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, the The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Comcast, Related Midwest and The 601W Companies, MPC launched the Chicago’s River Edge Ideas Lab, where nine leading architecture firms are exploring public access and human-scale development at three key places—the Civic Opera building, whose western façade drops directly into the river, under and around Congress Parkway, and 16th Street—all representing significant challenges to a continuous riverfront trail. The concepts are presented at Expo 72 now through January 2018 in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial and includes a traveling exhibit that will be featured in a variety of neighborhoods. The physical exhibit complemented by a digital component where viewers weigh in on their visual preferences. The outcome of the Ideas Lab will be a datapoint to help update the City’s riverfront design guidelines.

“The Ideas Lab with its robust effort to gather public feedback is the first necessary step to ensure that development along the rivers considers the emotional and physical perceptions of those who will use these spaces,“ says Kim Coventry, the executive director of the Driehaus Foundation, which funded the project. “The stakes are high for both the City and for the public but I need only look to MPC’s long record of coordinating highly complex projects to feel confident that this initiative will achieve the desired outcomes.”

More about Great Rivers Chicago »

Financial summary

MPC’s research, advocacy and demonstration projects are funded primarily by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

2016 operating expenses

2016 operating revenue by source

$250,000–$499,999

  • The Chicago Community Trust

$100,000–$249,999

  • Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Harris Family Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation

$50,000–$99,999

  • Anonymous
  • Bank of America
  • PNC Bank

$20,000–$49,999

  • Abbott
  • AptarGroup, Inc.
  • ArcelorMittal USA
  • Association of American Railroads
  • The Banc Funds Company
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bowman C. Lingle Trust
  • John and Kathleen Buck
  • Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
  • Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation
  • CIBC Bank
  • ComEd
  • The Crown Family
  • James and Catherine Denny
  • Amy Falls and Hartley Rogers
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Grosvenor Capital Management
  • Harris Family Foundation
  • InterPark Holdings LLC
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keiser
  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • MB Financial Bank, N.A.
  • Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
  • Northern Trust
  • Peoples Gas
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • The Prince Charitable Trusts
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Patrick G. Ryan
  • U.S. Bank
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Yagan Family Fund

$10,000–$19,999

  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Nicholas W. Alexos
  • The Allstate Corporation
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • George and Laura Bilicic
  • The Boeing Company
  • Care Capital Properties, Inc.
  • Carnahan-Daniels Foundation
  • CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Comcast
  • Kent P. Dauten
  • Craig J. and Janet Duchossois
  • The Duchossois Group, Inc.
  • The Edgewater Funds
  • Equity Residential
  • Paul J. Finnegan
  • First Midwest Bancorp
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
  • Jacques N. Gordon and Elizabeth H. Wiltshire
  • Heitman
  • ITW
  • The John Buck Company
  • KPMG LLP
  • Lazard
  • Andrew J. McKenna, Sr.
  • James N. Perry
  • John S. Poth
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sacks Family Foundation
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • West Central Association - Chamber of Commerce
  • Wight & Company

$5,000–$9,999

  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • Anonymous
  • Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Baird & Warner, Inc.
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Booth Hansen Associates
  • Brinshore Development LLC
  • CDW Corporation
  • CH2M HILL
  • Chris and Cira Conley
  • E. David Coolidge III
  • Crescent Heights Inspirational Living
  • Shawn Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Ann M. Drake
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • DSC Logistics, Inc.
  • Edelman
  • Farr Associates
  • Jamee and Marshall Field, V
  • Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Freedman Seating Company
  • Gensler
  • Rodney and Keith Goldstein
  • Gould & Ratner LLP
  • The Habitat Company
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. John H. Krehbiel, Jr.
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Jim and Kitty Mann
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Lee M. Mitchell
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • NORR Architects
  • Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • Ozinga
  • Ellen Partridge and Ed Tanzman
  • Pepper Construction Company
  • Perkins & Will
  • The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
  • R2 Companies
  • Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • TransitCenter, Inc.
  • United Center
  • University of Chicago, Office of Civic Engagement
  • William Blair & Company, LLC

$1,000–$4,999

  • Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, Dicianni & Krafthefer, P.C.
  • Anonymous
  • J. Tyler Anthony
  • Dr. Byron Brazier, Apostolic Church of God
  • Kyle Barnett
  • MarySue Barrett
  • Matthew Brewer
  • Monique Brinkman-Hill
  • Todd C. Brown
  • Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D.
  • Paul and Rebecca Carlisle
  • Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
  • Chicago Title and Trust Company Foundation
  • CSX Transportation Inc.
  • DePaul University
  • Enterprise Community Investments
  • Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II
  • Mr. and Mrs. James J. Glasser
  • Linda Goodman and David Narefsky
  • Joseph Gregoire
  • M. Hill Hammock
  • Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
  • HBK Engineering, LLC
  • Henkels & McCoy
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
  • Holsten Human Capital Development, NFP
  • Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation
  • Illinois American Water
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • The Irving Harris Foundation
  • Johnson Research Group
  • Christopher J. King
  • Thomas C. Kirschbraun
  • Deborah Lahey
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Mary K. Ludgin
  • Susan J. Moran and John M. McDonough
  • Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
  • Janet Myers
  • Northside Funders Group
  • Northwest Water Planning Alliance
  • Savitri Pai and Howard Randell
  • Patricia J. Hurley & Associates, Inc.
  • J. Scot Pepper
  • Richard W. Porter
  • Howard M. Radzely
  • George A. Ranney, Jr.
  • James M. Ratcliffe
  • Matthew R. Reilein
  • Related Midwest
  • Resolute Consulting, LLC
  • Randy I. Rochman
  • Jesse and Michele Ruiz
  • Sahara Enterprises, Inc.
  • John Schlossman, Jocarno Fund
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Inc.
  • SPAAN Tech, Inc.
  • Martin Stern
  • Ellen and Jim Stirling
  • Ambassador Louis & Marjorie Susman
  • Taiber Kosmala & Associates, LLC
  • Bruce W. Taylor
  • TeamWerks
  • Michael A. Thomas
  • Tribune Real Estate Holdings, LLC
  • Union League Club of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA
  • Mary White Vasys
  • Robert Weissbourd
  • Paula Wolff

$500–$999

  • Alternative Schools Network
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Edward K. Banker
  • Peter B. Bensinger
  • Calumet Heritage Partnership
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Cook County Department of Building & Zoning
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
  • The Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc.
  • Forefront
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Grisko
  • Becky B. Hurley
  • Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Inc.
  • John McLinden
  • Brian Meltzer
  • Robert E. Miller
  • Patricia C. Bobb & Associates
  • Arthur Pearson
  • Presence Health
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • The Ruskin Group
  • Paul Shadle and Monica Drane
  • Adele S. Simmons
  • South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
  • Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Valerie S. Kretchmer Associates, Inc.
  • Vasys Consulting Ltd.
  • Village of Park Forest
  • Pam and Doug Walter

$150–$499

  • a5 Inc.
  • Access Community Health Network
  • Donna D'Oro Anderson
  • Mark A. Angelini
  • Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.
  • Calvert W. Audrain
  • Carmelo Barbaro
  • Peter V. Baugher
  • Kate Bensen
  • Judy Block
  • Joel Bookman
  • Cannon Design
  • Gloria Castillo
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Chicago Community Loan Fund
  • The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • The Chicago Public Education Fund
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Elizabeth Cisar
  • Mr. and Mrs. John C. Colman
  • Community Investment Corporation
  • Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Kim Coventry
  • Robert E. Cowhey
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Barbara Flynn Currie
  • Karen Darch
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Delaney
  • Kristi DeLaurentiis
  • Laura DeMink
  • DLA Piper
  • Stephen Eastwood
  • Sunny Fischer
  • Cicely Fleming
  • Patrice Frey
  • S. B. Friedman & Company
  • Gregg Garmisa
  • Janet H. Gilbert
  • Global Philanthropy Partnership
  • Governors State University
  • Rachel and Devin Gross
  • Venu Gupta
  • Emily J. Harris
  • Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.
  • Mattie Hunter
  • Robert and Saran Hutchins
  • IFF
  • Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
  • Derrick James
  • Charisse Conanan Johnson
  • Dennis J. Keller, Keller Family Foundation
  • Doug Kenshol
  • Steven Koch
  • Lancaster Pollard Mortgage Co.
  • Robert Larrimore
  • Latino Policy Forum
  • Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Lisa Yun Lee
  • Kenneth and Lucy Lehman
  • John and Jill Levi
  • Paul Levin
  • Manufacturing Renaissance
  • Maritime Fund
  • David May
  • Anne F. McMillen
  • Todd Meyer
  • Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
  • Ronald S. Miller
  • Marisa Novara
  • Douglas Pancoast
  • Perimeter Architects
  • Jonathan Perman
  • Paula C. Pienton
  • Jim and Rita Planey
  • Erika Poethig
  • Kristen E. Prinz
  • Ralph G. Moore & Associates
  • Stephen Charles Ross
  • Safer Foundation
  • Henrietta Saunders
  • Alvin Schexnider
  • Stephen E. Schlickman
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shared-Use Mobility Center
  • Sheridan Park Consulting
  • Ellen and Richard Shubart
  • Patrick Slattery
  • Jeff E. Smith
  • Robin Snyderman
  • Steans Family Foundation
  • F. John Steffen
  • Shelley Stern Grach
  • Isabel Carter Stewart
  • Regan Stockstell
  • Darwin G. Stuart
  • A. Gail Sturm
  • Teska Associates, Inc.
  • Threewalls
  • Ed Van Poucke
  • Village of South Holland
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever LLC
  • Audrey Wennink
  • Woodstock Institute
  • Donna F. Zarcone

Leadership

MPC bridges gaps between government, community and business leaders, enabling them to more powerfully join forces and collectively improve our region. We believe that strong partnerships rooted in respect, listening and trust are critical to creative, effective problem-solving.

2016 Board of Governors

Executive Committee Officers

  • Chair
    Jacques N. Gordon
    Global Investment Strategist
    LaSalle Investment Management
  • Vice Chair-Nominations
    Ann M. Drake
    CEO
    DSC Logistics, Inc.
  • Vice Chair-Nominations
    General Counsel
    Jesse H. Ruiz
    Partner
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Vice Chair-Development
    Ellen Carnahan
    Principal
    Machrie Enterprises LLC
  • Vice Chair-Development
    James P. Stirling
    Senior Advisor
    UBS
  • Vice Chair-Government Relations
    Robert V. Fitzsimmons
    Managing Director and Principal
    Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Secretary
    Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
    Partner, Board Leadership Center | Market Dev.
    KPMG LLP
  • Treasurer
    Bruce W. Taylor
    Vice Chairman
    MB Financial Bank, N.A.
  • Past Chair
    Joseph A. Gregoire
    Executive Director of Development
    Loyola University Chicago
  • President
    MarySue Barrett
    President
    Metropolitan Planning Council

Board of Governors Members

*Executive Committee Members
**Resigned in 2016

  • **J. Tyler Anthony
    Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations
    ComEd
  • **Zandra Zuno Baermann
    Executive Director, Multicultural Marketing Practice Lead
    Golin/Harris International
  • Kyle Barnett
    Regional President, Chicago Metro North
    BMO Harris Bank
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Founder & President
    Ross Barney Architects, Inc.
  • George W. Bilicic
    Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking
    Lazard
  • Byron Brazier
    Pastor
    Apostolic Church of God
  • Matthew Brewer
    Partner
    Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Monique Brinkman-Hill
    Senior VP & Managing Director, Wealth Management
    Northern Trust
  • *Todd C. Brown
  • **John A. Buck
    Chairman & CEO
    The John Buck Company
  • Christopher B. Burke
    President
    Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Olga Camargo
    Managing Partner
    TOROSO Investments, LLC
  • *Paul C. Carlisle
    Executive Vice President
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
    Pececa, Ltd.
  • Chris Conley
    Two Bit Ventures, LLC
  • Lester Crown
    Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Derek Douglas
    Vice President for Civic Engagement
    University of Chicago
  • *James C. Franczek
    President
    Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • John S. Gates
    Chairman & CEO
    PortaeCo LLC
  • Linda Goodman
    Principal
    Goodman Williams Group
  • **Alan “Al” Gordon
    Chairman & CEO
    Richland, Gordon & Company
  • *M. Hill Hammock
    Chairman
    Chicago Deferred Exchange Company
  • *King Harris
    Chairman
    Harris Holdings Inc.
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
    Vice President of Construction
    Peoples Gas
  • Christopher J. King
    President
    Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • Lerry J. Knox
    CEO
    Unplugged Capital, LLC
  • Bernard Loyd
    President
    Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Mary K. Ludgin
    Managing Dir & Dir. of Global Investment Research
    Heitman
  • Peter C. Malecek
    Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking
    Bank of America
  • *James E. Mann 
  • John M. McDonough 
  • *Lee M. Mitchell
    Managing Partner
    Thoma Bravo, Inc.
  • Matthew Moog
    CEO
    PowerReviews
  • Juan Gabriel Moreno
    President
    JGMA, Ltd.
  • *J. Scot Pepper
    Executive Vice President
    Pepper Construction Company
  • John S. Poth
    Partner, Nat'l PCS Quality and Risk Mgmt Leader
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • **Quintin E. Primo, III
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Capri Investment Group
  • Howard M. Radzely
    Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
    The Boeing Company
  • Jorge Ramirez
    President
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • *George A. Ranney
  • Matthew R. Reilein
    Managing Director & Head of Impact Investing
    O'Brien-Staley Partners
  • Smita Shah
    President
    SPAAN Tech, Inc.
  • Lisa Snow
    Managing Director, Dispute Consulting
    Duff & Phelps
  • Martin Stern
    Senior Managing Director
    CBRE, Inc.
  • Michael A. Thomas
    Vice President, Administration & Real Estate
    The Allstate Corporation
  • Mary White Vasys
    President
    Vasys Consulting Ltd.
  • *Paula Wolff
    Director
    Illinois Justice Project
  • Jessica Droste Yagan
    CEO
    Impact Engine

2016 Honorary Board

  • Edward K. Banker 
    Senior Vice President (Retired) 
    Harris Trust and Savings Bank
  • Laurence O. Booth 
    Design Principal 
    Booth Hansen Associates
  • Donald Haider 
    Professor of Public Management 
    Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • [1]Lawrence Howe
    (Retired)
    The Chicago Community Trust
  • James J. McClure 
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Daniel R. Toll 
    Chairman (Retired) 
    Corona Corporation
  • Priscilla A. (Pam) Walter
    Of Counsel
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

[1]Lawrence Howe passed away July 2016 at 94 years old. He was a dedicated member of MPC’s Board of Governors for over 20 years and Honorary Board member for 4 years.

2016 Resource Board

  • Mark A. Angelini
    President
    Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • David E. Baker
    Vice President of External Affairs (Retired)
    Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Erin Lavin Cabonargi
    Director of Construction
    Sterling Bay Companies
  • Gloria Castillo
    President
    Chicago United Inc.
  • Alison L. Chung
    President
    TeamWerks
  • Madeleine K.B. Condit
    Founder and CEO
    Madeleine Condit & Associates LLC
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Bernard J. Ford
  • John F. Hartray
    Principal
    Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects Ltd.
  • Maria P. Hibbs
    Executive Director
    Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning
  • Sokoni Karanja
    Founder, Senior Advisor
    Centers for New Horizons, Inc.
  • Thomas C. Kirschbraun
    Managing Director, Capital Markets Group
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Avis LaVelle
    President
    A. LaVelle Consulting Services
  • Ryan Cudney
    SVP | Corporate Reputation & Risk
    Edelman
  • John G. Markowski
    President & CEO
    Community Investment Corporation
  • Sylvia Puente
    Executive Director
    Latino Policy Forum 
  • James M. Ratcliffe
  • Robert G. Reiter
    Secretary-Treasurer
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Christopher FitzHenry Robling
    Principal
    Clearspan Strategic, LLC
  • Unmi Song
    Executive Director
    Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • A. Gail Sturm
    Executive Vice President
    ProTen Realty Group/CORFAC International
  • Joseph A. Williams
    Co-Chairman
    Granite Development Corporation

2016 Executive Advisors

  • Nicholas W. Alexos
    Managing Director
    Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC
  • José (Joe) E. Almeida
    Chairman & CEO
    Baxter International Inc.
  • Carol L. Bernick
    CEO
    Polished Nickel Capital Management LLC
  • George W. Bilicic
    Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking
    Lazard
  • John A. Buck
    Chairman
    The John Buck Company
  • John L. Bucksbaum
    Chief Executive Officer
    Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
  • Robert M. Chapman
    Chief Executive Officer
    CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Marsha Cruzan
    Regional President
    U.S. Bank
  • James Denny
    President
    JMD Investments
  • Craig J. Duchossois
    Chairman & CEO
    The Duchossois Group, Inc.
  • John S. Gates
    Chairman & CEO
    PortaeCo LLC
  • Stephen J. Hagge
    President & CEO
    AptarGroup Inc.
  • Edward R. Hamberger
    President & CEO
    Association of American Railroads
  • Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
    Nat’l Managing Partner, Corp. Resp. & Diversity
    KPMG LLP
  • John Hatherly
    Managing Director
    Wynnchurch Capital, Ltd.
  • Christie B. Kelly
    Global Chief Financial Officer
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Liam Krehbiel
    Founder & CEO
    A Better Chicago
  • Raymond J. Lewis
    Chief Executive Officer
    Care Capital Properties, Inc.
  • Jeffrey A. Malehorn
    President & CEO
    World Business Chicago
  • Charles Moore
    President
    The Banc Funds Company
  • David J. Neithercut
    President & CEO
    Equity Residential
  • J. Marshall Peck
    President
    InterPark Holdings LLC
  • Larry D. Richman
    Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, US Region
    President & CEO
    CIBC Bank USA
  • Michael Scudder
    President & CEO
    First Midwest Bancorp
  • Robert A. Sullivan
    Regional President
    Fifth Third Bank
  • Scott Swanson
    President-Illinois Banking
    PNC Bank
  • Frederick H. Waddell
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Northern Trust
  • Edward J. Wehmer
    President & CEO
    Wintrust Financial Corporation

2016 Housing and Community Development Committee

  • Mark A. Angelini
    Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Bennett Applegate
    Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.
  • Forrest D. Bailey
    Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • David E. Baker
    Retired
  • Byron Brazier
    Apostolic Church of God
  • Matthew Brewer
    Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Eva Brown
  • Todd C. Brown
  • Lee Brown
    Teska Associates, Inc.
  • Paul C. Carlisle
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Savannah Clement
    City of Evanston
  • Chris Conley
    Two Bit Ventures, LLC
  • Pamela Daniels-Halisi
    BMO Harris Bank
  • Deborah Dixon
    Gorman & Company, Inc.
  • Derek Douglas
    University of Chicago
  • Peter Friedman
    Holland & Knight LLP
  • Andrew E. Geer
    Enterprise Community Partners
  • Joseph A. Gregoire
    Loyola University Chicago
  • Kathy H. Hannan
    KPMG LLP
  • King Harris
    Harris Holdings Inc.
  • Maria P. Hibbs
  • Juanita Irizarry
    Friends of the Parks
  • Peter Levavi
    Brinshore Development LLC
  • Juan C. Linares
    Latin United Community Housing Association
  • Bernard Loyd
    Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Mary K. Ludgin
    Heitman
  • Patricia R. Mahon
    Village of South Holland
  • Wyllys Mann
    Baird & Warner, Inc.
  • John G. Markowski
    Community Investment Corporation
  • Robert E. Miller
    Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.
  • Juan G. Moreno
    JGMA, Ltd.
  • Matthew R. Reilein
  • Jesse H. Ruiz
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Maria N. Saldaña
    Oak Park Residence Corporation
  • Lisa Snow
    Duff & Phelps
  • A. Gail Sturm
    ProTen Realty Group
  • Bruce W. Taylor
    MB Financial Bank, N.A.
  • Mary W. Vasys
    Vasys Consulting Ltd.
  • Mark A. Wegener
    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • William Woodley
    The Community Builders, Inc.

2016 Sensible Growth Committee

  • Calvert W. Audrain
  • Monique Brinkman-Hill
    Northern Trust
  • Christopher B. Burke
    Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Sharon Bush
    Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Monica Chadha
    Civic Projects LLC
  • Robert K. Clough
    Gensler
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Mark De La Vergne
    Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • Alejandra Garza
    AGG Consulting
  • Linda Goodman
    Goodman Williams Group
  • John F. Hartray
    Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects Ltd.
  • Adolfo Hernandez
    Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Tiffany Ingram
  • Christopher J. King
    Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • Thomas C. Kirschbraun
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Suzanne Malec-McKenna
    Chicago Wilderness
  • James E. Mann
  • John M. McDonough
  • Luis Montgomery
    2IM Group, LLC
  • Heather D. Parish
    Pierce Family Foundation
  • Arthur Pearson
    Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Donovan W. Pepper
    Walgreen Co.
  • John S. Poth
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Thomas H. Price
    Conservation Design Forum
  • Howard M. Radzely
    The Boeing Company
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Ross Barney Architects, Inc.
  • Sabina L. Shaikh
    University of Chicago
  • David J. Siegel
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Michael A. Thomas
    The Allstate Corporation
  • Michael A. Toolis
    VOA Associates, Inc.
  • Lois Vitt Sale
    Wight & Company
  • Kimberly Wasserman Nieto
    Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

2016 Regional Planning & Investment Committee

  • William Abolt
    AECOM
  • Kyle Barnett
    BMO Harris Bank
  • George W. Bilicic
    Lazard
  • Olga Camargo
    TOROSO Investments, LLC
  • Ellen Carnahan
    Machrie Enterprises LLC
  • Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
    Primera Engineers, Ltd.
  • Robert V. Fitzsimmons
    Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Bernard J. Ford
  • James C. Franczek
    Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • John S. Gates
    PortaeCo LLC
  • Al Gordon
    Richland, Gordon & Company
  • Jacques N. Gordon
    LaSalle Investment Management
  • Adrian Guerrero
    Union Pacific Corporation
  • Andy Hasselbach
    People's Gas
  • Lerry J. Knox
    Unplugged Capital, LLC
  • Sue Lee
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • Peter C. Malecek
    Bank of America
  • Thomas H. Morsch
    Public Financial Management Group
  • Stephen Newell
    IBM Corporation
  • Michael A. Pagano
    University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA
  • J. Scot Pepper
    Pepper Construction Company
  • Paula C. Pienton
    T.Y. Lin International, Inc.
  • George A. Ranney
  • Robert G. Reiter
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Stephen E. Schlickman
    University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA
  • Paul W. Shadle
    DLA Piper
  • Smita Shah
    SPAAN Tech, Inc.
  • Martin Stern
    CBRE, Inc.
  • James P. Stirling
    UBS Investment Bank
  • Emily Tapia Lopez
    HNTB
  • Paula Wolff
    Illinois Justice Project
  • Paula Worthington
    University of Chicago
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