Organizational profile


  • 140 South Dearborn Street
    Suite 1400
    Chicago, IL 60603
  • 312-922-5616 phone
  • 312-922-5619 fax

Contact Mandy Burrell Booth, Communications Director,, 312-863-6018


Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

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$3.2 million; Tax status: 501(c)3



Program areas

Housing & Community Development

Advances MPC's long-term goal of equity of opportunity by focusing on policy development and technical assistance related to housing affordability and balanced community and economic development.

Regional Planning & Investments

Addresses the economically competitive aspect of MPC's mission, focusing on policy development, technical assistance, and research related to coordinated planning, financing and investment tools, and public and private capital.

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Sensible Growth

Advances the sustainability component of MPC's mission by providing direct assistance to develop and test policies relating to land use, planning, and natural resources, particularly water.

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Geographic area

Greater Chicago metropolitan region, including northeastern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, and southeastern Wisconsin.

Board of Governors (as of April 2012)

Executive Committee

  • Chair
    King Harris

    Harris Holdings Inc.
  • Vice Chairs
    Joseph A. Gregoire

    Regional President-Illinois Banking
  • Jesse H. Ruiz
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Vice Chairs Development
    Paul C. Carlisle

    Executive Vice President
    Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • James P. Stirling
    Senior Advisor
    UBS Investment Bank
  • Secretary
    Kathy Hopinkah Hannan

    Nat'l Managing Partner, Corp. Resp. & Diversity
  • Treasurer
    Lisa Snow

    Davis & Hosfield Consulting LLC
  • General Counsel
    John M. McDonough

    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Past President
    Lee M. Mitchell

    Managing Partner
    Thoma Bravo, Inc.
  • President
    MarySue Barrett

    Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Todd C. Brown
  • Ann M. Drake
    DSC Logistics, Inc.
  • Robert V. Fitzsimmons
    K&L Gates LLP
  • James C. Franczek
    Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Jacques N. Gordon
    Global Investment Strategist
    LaSalle Investment Management
  • M. Hill Hammock
    Chicago Deferred Exchange Company
  • James E. Mann
  • J. Scot Pepper
    Executive Vice President
    Pepper Construction Company
  • George A. Ranney
    President & CEO
    Metropolis Strategies
  • Paula Wolff
    Senior Executive
    Metropolis Strategies

Board Members

  • Rita R. Athas
    World Business Chicago
  • John W. Baird
    Baird & Warner, Inc.
  • Lawrence T. Borgard
    President & COO-Utilities
    Integrys Energy Group
  • Byron Brazier
    Apostolic Church of God
  • Carole L. Brown
    Managing Director
    Barclays Capital
  • John A. Buck
    Chairman & CEO
    The John Buck Company
  • Christopher B. Burke
    Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Ellen Carnahan
    Machrie Enterprises LLC
  • Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
    President & CEO, Transportation & Infrastructure
    Primera Engineers, Ltd.
  • Lester Crown
    Henry Crown & Company
  • Jon B. DeVries
    Director, Chicago School of Real Estate
    Roosevelt University
  • Sidney R. Dillard
    Partner, Investment Banking Division
    Loop Capital Markets
  • John S. Gates
    Chairman & CEO
    PortaeCo LLC
  • Joseph A. Gonzalez
    Global Director of Design
    Ghafari Associates
  • Linda Goodman
    Goodman Williams Group
  • David D. Hiller
    President & CEO
    McCormick Foundation
  • Lawrence Howe
  • Bernard Loyd
    Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Mary K. Ludgin
    Managing Director, Investment Research
  • Peter C Malecek
    Commercial Real Estate Regional Executive
    Bank of America
  • Nora Moreno Cargie
    Director, Global Corporate Citizenship
    The Boeing Company
  • Gregory T. Mutz
    Amli Residential Properties Trust
  • Paul E. Nowicki
    Assistant V.P. - Government and Public Policy
    BNSF Railway Company
  • Robert T. O'Brien
    Vice Chairman, U.S. Real Estate Leader
    Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Stephen M. Porras
    Axia Development, Inc.
  • Anne R. Pramaggiore
    President & COO
  • Quintin E. Primo
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    Capri Capital Advisors LLC
  • Jorge Ramirez
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Douglas P. Regan
    President, Wealth Management Group
    Northern Trust
  • Matthew R. Reilein
    Sr. VP, New Markets Tax Credit Group
    JPMorgan Chase
  • Kevin C. Richardson
    Heartland Solutions Group
  • Jean Rudd
    JR Strategies
  • Martin Stern
    Executive Vice President
    U.S. Equities Realty, LLC
  • James P. Stirling
    Senior Advisor
    UBS Investment Bank
  • Bruce W. Taylor
    Taylor Capital Group
  • Mary White Vasys
    Vasys Consulting Ltd.
Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
P 312 922 5616 F 312 922 5619
Helping create competitive, equitable, and sustainable communities

For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area's toughest planning and development challenges. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. Read more about our work »

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