Audrey Wennink - Staff member - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Audrey Wennink

Audrey Joined MPC in 2017.  She directs MPC’s transportation efforts and leads the Regional Planning & Infrastructure Advisory Committee.  Prior to MPC, Audrey was a transportation planning and policy consultant with Cambridge Systematics for 12 years.  She worked on regional transit projects including the South Lakefront Transit Study, the Cook DuPage Transit Alternatives Analysis and a study of bus improvements in the City of Chicago. She also worked on benefit-cost analysis, grant writing, and advocacy for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), a public-private partnership of the City of Chicago, Illinois DOT and Association of American Railroads to improve freight rail, passenger rail and highway operations through 70 projects in greater Chicago.  She led several research projects on transportation safety and performance management for the Federal Highway Administration as well as the development of statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plans for California and Montana. 

A Connecticut native, Audrey has lived in Chicago for 20 years.  She taught English in Spain and worked in various communications roles in Washington, D.C. and Chicago before pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Colby College.  She is a board member of the Greater Chicago chapter of WTS, a professional organization to advance women in the transportation industry. 

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Audrey Wennink Director of Transportation
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Areas of expertise

  • Transportation planning
  • Transportation policy
  • Performance management


Masters of Planning and Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2003

B.A. English/Spanish, Colby College, 1991

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