Bob Dean - Staff member - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Bob Dean

Bob Dean joined MPC in January 2018. He leads MPC’s Municipal Capacity Building project and contributes to the organization's other effective government topics.

Prior to CMAP, Bob served as the Deputy Executive Director for Planning for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). During his 10 years with CMAP, he created and then oversaw the Local Technical Assistance program, which has offered planning assistance to local governments across the region through over 200 local planning projects. Before initiating the LTA program, Bob managed GO TO 2040, the award-winning comprehensive plan for the Chicago metropolitan area that was adopted in October 2010.

Prior to CMAP, Bob worked in municipal government for five years, serving as a transportation and land use planner for the City of Naperville and a transportation planning liaison for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference.

Bob holds a Masters degree in planning from Cornell University and a Bachelors in history from the University of Delaware. He is originally from the Philadelphia region. He currently lives in Evanston with his wife, two children, two cats, and lizard.

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Bob Dean Consultant
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Areas of expertise

  • Regional Planning
  • Local Government
  • Transportation
  • Community Development


M.R.P. in Community and Regional Planning (City/Urban), Cornell University

B.A. in History, University of Delaware

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