2017 Annual Report

Mission Matters

How MPC takes action with integrity

What’s “never been done before” is what we do best. New data that quantifies the cost of segregation to all of us. Bold architectural concepts that inspire a continuous riverfront trail. A creative new guidebook that promises safe, clean and efficient water supplies.

We know that “how” matters as much as “what” in making the greater Chicago region a more vibrant place to live, work and play. Our mission is shaping a region that is equitable, sustainable, prosperous and engaged and responsible. Through collaboration and brokering, by asking the tough questions and advancing big ideas, we take action with integrity. Because Mission Matters.


Photo: Shutterstock image of couple in Logan Square

Even as downtown development skyrockets and parts of our region enjoy an unprecedented construction boom, cranes don’t touch the sky everywhere. At MPC, we recognize our region won’t thrive or grow unless we prioritize community-driven investment in areas of great need. We must ensure that the 9.9 million residents of the seven-county region can access the same opportunities, whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas, whether amidst prairie grasses or lively industries, or along our hundreds of miles of rivers.

MPC works hard to equitably balance investment across our region’s communities. From a groundbreaking report which documented the staggering cost of segregation, to new funding for riverfront renewal projects in neighborhoods bypassed by market forces, to helping individuals rejoin communities following incarceration, in 2017 we took impactful and varied approaches to tackling disinvestment and inequity.

Chicagoans and key organizations are taking steps to dismantle structural racism, informed by our unique Cost of Segregation report, undertaken in partnership with the Urban Institute, with substantial support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust, with additional support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. We painstakingly quantified the steep price we all pay to live so separately by race and income, numbers which prompted a national and international conversation Over 300 news outlets covered the Cost of Segregation findings, from the Economist to CNN, and prominent voices such as Cardinal Blase Cupich amplified them. Our understanding of equitable pathways to growth and inclusion was aided greatly by study trips to Seattle and Atlanta, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners.

Cost of Segregation

Joanna Trotter

“In order to change the deeply embedded power dynamics that have perpetuated divides across race and income, we need to change the systems themselves.”

—Joanna Trotter

Community-led riverfront projects are unlocking our rivers’ ability to unite people, buoyed by MPC’s ongoing technical support and guided by the Our Great Rivers vision, with $800,000 from The Chicago Community Trust to support ten local teams.

One project is the Northwest Trail Outdoor Museum, a 9.5-mile walking exhibit that showcases through art installations and gardens the history of Native Americans who settled Portage Park and Irving Park. “We hope to use the river as a means to connect people of all kinds of different ethnicities and cultures,” said Heather Miller, Executive Director of the American Indian Center.

MPC and the Illinois Justice Project are actively working with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on new strategies to find housing for people leaving prison and jails in Illinois. “Far too few of these ex-inmates are placed in appropriate housing that meets their needs for successful transition to the outside world. We are optimistic that new approaches to finding housing for them can make a big difference in their lives“ said King Harris, MPC Senior Fellow and Board Chair of IHDA.

MPC fights for creative, innovative approaches to inclusion and equity. This is urgently needed to bridge what divides our region’s communities—from decades of racist policies to chronic disinvestment. After all, we’re interconnected, all of us.


Photo: Flickr user MBA Photography

A healthy environment nourishes enterprises and residents. And a strong economy equips people with the tools to protect their environment. That’s why MPC’s definition of sustainability encompasses both the environment and the economy. In 2017, MPC’s water and stormwater agenda included projects that showcase our holistic vision for northeastern Illinois.

From a practical Drinking Water 1-2-3 guidebook to unlocking long-inaccessible funding for stormwater projects, MPC ensures that our region’s resources benefit us all, generations into the future.

Drinking Water 1-2-3

Randy Roberts

“Drinking Water 1-2-3 is a tremendously helpful resource MPC has created to provide local elected officials with information on sustainable drinking water systems and how we might ensure best practices in our communities now and into the future.”

—Village of Skokie Trustee Randy Roberts

When candidates become elected officials, they’re charged with making important decisions about often unfamiliar issues including how to safely and sustainably provide water to its residents. That’s why MPC created Drinking Water 1-2-3, a new resource that outlines for elected and community officials how to ensure high-quality drinking water service now and into the future. Our generous sponsors ensured that Drinking Water 1-2-3 is a long-needed resource that’s relevant both in our region and beyond Illinois’ borders: Our team has fielded requests from Arizona to Oregon to New York.

Tom Weisner

“MPC plays a pivotal role for our region in driving well-thought-out, comprehensive approaches. I greatly enjoy the challenge that comes with serving as a Senior Fellow and love working with a great team.”

—Tom Weisner, MPC Senior Fellow and former mayor of Aurora

Faith in Place, a faith-based environmental organization, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County can now apply for funding for nature-based stormwater solutions, from bioswales to streambank restoration, thanks to a joint effort between MPC, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Through MPC’s new approach to watershed planning, landowners throughout two watersheds in southern Cook County are now eligible for funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to support stormwater management and water quality improvements such as rain gardens and streambank restoration.

The confidence of the Grand Victoria Foundation in MPC’s Stormwater Management work enabled us to expand the capacity of the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative to take action on issues within shared watersheds and gain traction on StormStore, potentially the first stormwater credit trading market in the Midwest. The Joyce Foundation has likewise been a critical champion for Water Supply and Stormwater Management, supporting our 10-point Water Action Agenda and sparking groundbreaking research on invasive species.


Reliable, efficient transportation is vital to Illinois. Great infrastructure provides the foundation for wealth-building jobs, connects our communities and attracts more people and businesses to our region. Today, too many transit stations aren’t the hubs of activity they could be.

How ironic that at the crossroads of America, Illinois’ transportation network is on a starvation diet: Every year there’s a $2.7 billion gap between resources and pressing needs. Delayed repairs cause delayed trains and buses, causing riders to opt out of public transit and seek private alternatives. Disinvestment becomes enormous potholes, unsafe bridges and train stations surrounded by vacant storefronts.

Here at MPC, we’re listening and responding. We’re expanding our commitment to advocating for strong transportation in Illinois. That means partnering on an exciting new national initiative and reengaging with partners statewide as we implement projects that leverage our regional transportation assets to grow wealth in the Land of Lincoln.

Seven Chicago neighborhoods where there is available land near transit are on track to brighter, better-planned futures. Thanks to Elevated Chicago, a partnership of organizations including MPC, we’re transforming the half-mile radius around transit stations into hubs of opportunity and connection to our region’s vast transit system. Generously funded by a national network of foundations called SPARCC, and locally by The Chicago Community Trust, Elevated Chicago is part of a six-city, $90 million initiative. Some stations along the CTA’s Blue, Pink and Green Lines are surrounded by surface parking lots and abandoned retail and are burdened by segregation, inequity, displacement and gentrification. But these seven stations will be transformed, with thoughtful guidance from community members and Elevated Chicago’s steering committee, of which MPC is a member.

Kate Lowe

“Transportation intersects with all the systems that shape residents' lives: jobs, education, health care and employment”

—Kate Lowe, UIC Dept. of Urban Planning and RP&I committee member

Our region’s discourse on autonomous vehicles and on intertwined transportation and land-use issues is better informed, thanks to popular events we hosted. In May we hosted IDOT secretary Randy Blankenhorn to unveil the state’s commitment to data-driven transportation priorities. Later in the year, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, MPC and others shaped a three-part series on autonomous vehicles. The need for these forums grew from interviews with 55 transportation stakeholders who also guided a reset of MPC’s transportation agenda. MPC is grateful to the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust and Wight & Company for their focused support of MPC’s regional transportation agenda at a critical time.

In 2017, MPC translated our mission into real results to improve the lives of residents throughout Northeastern Illinois. By convening experts from across the government, business, academic and nonprofit sectors, and by engaging extensively with community members, we took action on the most challenging issues facing our region. From bending the arc on segregation to investing in our assets, MPC brings people and resources together to build an equitable, sustainable, prosperous, engaged and responsible region. We bring that passion to 2018 and beyond, as we’ve done for over 80 years.

Engaged and responsible

Photo: Flickr user Josh Koonce (CC)

Across the 284 individual cities and villages in northeastern Illinois, the capacity to accomplish basic goals varies greatly. Insufficient or volatile tax bases, mushrooming debt and our state’s tangled web of single-purpose governments often keep municipalities from doing what their residents rightly expect. Regional demographics, the economy and technology are all evolving, yet our government institutions are not keeping pace. Illinois literally cannot afford the status quo.

That’s why the Transform Illinois coalition empowered local government leaders, researched new strategies and highlighted underreported challenges on the road to better government for all of our state’s residents. MPC’s unique position at the intersection of the public, private and civic sectors—with access to experts in engineering, law, finance, public policy and more—provides the breadth of perspectives and relationships that this complex issue requires.

Trailblazing organizations such as the Better Government Association, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and the Civic Federation have joined forces through Transform Illinois, a government efficiency-focused collaborative of local elected officials, civic organizations and research institutions that MPC and DuPage County co-lead. Transform Illinois made major headway in August 2017 when Governor Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 3, allowing county governments to more easily consolidate units of government within their jurisdictions, and neighboring townships to dissolve or merge.

David Pope

“We reached out to MPC because of their reputation as a trusted and neutral facilitator of conversations about efficient government”

—David Pope, Chair of The Oak Park Taxing Body Efficiencies Task Force

The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, the News-Gazette and the Dispatch-Argus have all recently covered government effectiveness. And so have we—through our “Changemakers” web series that highlights the great ideas and challenges that local County Chairmen encounter on the path to reform. Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney, Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen and McHenry County Chairman Jack Franks all revealed their experiences and advice for others.

Savvy municipal leaders maximize their impact while minimizing costs. They now can mine the capacity building approaches outlined in a 2017 release from MPC and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, thanks to funding from The PERT Foundation at The Chicago Community Trust. Not only did MPC arm local leaders with best practices, we incorporated them into our own governance research for communities such as Oswego, Montgomery and Yorkville to strategize options to more collaboratively manage their drinking water supplies.

Financial summary

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

2017 operating expenses

2017 operating revenue by source


  • The Chicago Community Trust


  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Harris Family Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation


  • Bank of America
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Comcast
  • Foglia Family Foundation
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • PNC Bank
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation


  • Abbott
  • The AMD Family Fund
  • ArcelorMittal USA
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bowman C. Lingle Trust
  • Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
  • The Canning Foundation
  • Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation
  • CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Chicago Cubs
  • CIBC Bank USA
  • ComEd
  • The Crown Family
  • Kent Dauten, Keystone Capital
  • Ann M. Drake
  • Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Chicago Tribune Foundation
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • The Ford Foundation
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • John Harris
  • Michael L. Keiser, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
  • Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
  • Northern Trust
  • Peoples Gas
  • The Prince Charitable Trusts
  • Related Midwest
  • Pat and Shirley Ryan Family
  • The 601W Companies
  • U.S. Bank
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation


  • Nicholas W. Alexos
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AptarGroup, Inc.
  • The Banc Funds Company
  • Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company
  • George and Laura Bilicic
  • The Boeing Company
  • John and Kathleen Buck
  • Centro
  • Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Credit Suisse USA
  • Cate and Jim Denny
  • DSC Logistics, Inc.
  • Craig J. and Janet Duchossois
  • The Duchossois Group, Inc.
  • Edelman
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Equity Residential
  • Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • T. Bondurant French
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
  • Jacques N. Gordon and Elizabeth H. Wiltshire
  • Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds
  • ITW
  • InterPark Holdings LLC
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Kirkland and Ellis
  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • Karen Layng
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Jim and Kitty Mann
  • MB Financial Bank, N.A.
  • Andrew J. McKenna
  • Steven N. Miller
  • Lee M. Mitchell, Thoma Bravo, LLC.
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Perkins & Will
  • John S. Poth
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Public Health Institute
  • Joan Rockey
  • Sabra Health Care Reit, Inc.
  • Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. Selig
  • SIPI Metals Corp,
  • Richard L. Thomas
  • Wight & Company
  • Yagan Family Foundation
  • Zeller Realty Corporation


  • Aon
  • Steve Baird, Baird & Warner, Inc.
  • Booth Hansen
  • Richard Campbell
  • Carnahan Daniels Foundation
  • CKL Engineers, LLC
  • Chris and Cira Conley
  • DLA Piper LLP (U.S.)
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Gensler
  • Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
  • Greeley and Hansen
  • The Habitat Company
  • Heitman
  • Illinois Finance Authority
  • Jack and Dorothy Jiganti
  • Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel
  • NORR Architects
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Ozinga Redi-Mix Concrete
  • Ellen Partridge and Ed Tanzman
  • Pepper Construction Company
  • Presence Health
  • The Pritzker Traubert Foundation
  • R2 Companies
  • Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • Julia M. Stasch
  • Ellen and Jim Stirling
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • United Center
  • University of Chicago, Office of Civic Engagement


  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, Dicianni & Krafthefer, P.C.
  • Anonymous
  • J. Tyler Anthony
  • Bennett Applegate
  • Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Kyle Barnett
  • MarySue Barrett
  • Baxter & Woodman, Inc.
  • Big Shoulders Fund
  • David C. Blowers
  • Matthew Brewer
  • Monique Brinkman-Hill
  • Brinshore Development LLC
  • Todd C. Brown
  • Christopher B. Burke
  • Michael S. Canmann
  • Paul and Rebecca Carlisle
  • Ellen Carnahan
  • CDM Smith
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Constance Bennett Coolidge Fund at The Chicago Community Trust Foundation
  • CP2 Management LLC
  • Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.
  • Crescent Heights of America
  • CSX Transportation Inc.
  • Farr Associates
  • Jamee and Marshall Field, V
  • Robert Fitzsimmons / Next Generation Public Affairs
  • Mr. and Mrs. James J. Glasser
  • Linda Goodman and David Narefsky
  • Graham C. Grady
  • Joseph A. Gregoire
  • Grisko
  • Hill and Cheryl Hammock
  • Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
  • J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation
  • Linda Heban
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
  • David D. Hiller
  • Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation
  • Terry Howerton
  • Illinois American Water
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • James S. Kemper Foundation
  • John Schlossman, Jocarno Fund
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • John M. Keller
  • Christopher J. King
  • Thomas C. Kirschbraun
  • Dennis Klumb, Jr.
  • Michael C. Krauss
  • Liam and Karen Krehbiel
  • Charles R. Kaiser
  • Mary K. Ludgin
  • Peter C. Malecek
  • Robert E. Miller
  • Matthew Moog
  • Susan J. Moran and John M. McDonough
  • Janet Myers
  • Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Susan Noyes
  • Patagonia Chicago
  • Patricia J. Hurley & Associates, Inc.
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • PurpleGroup
  • James M. Ratcliffe
  • Matthew R. Reilein
  • Eugene Reineke
  • Resolute Consulting, LLC
  • Norman R. Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
  • Randy I. Rochman
  • Jesse and Michele Ruiz
  • Sahara Enterprises, Inc.
  • Site Design Group
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • SPAAN Tech, Inc.
  • Martin Stern
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Stewart
  • Sugar Grove Water Authority
  • Tim Swanson
  • Taiber Kosmala & Associates, LLC
  • Bruce W. Taylor
  • Teska Associates, Inc.
  • Richard F. Tomlinson, II
  • Union League Club of Chicago
  • Mary White Vasys
  • Melissa Y. Washington
  • Robert Weissbourd
  • Wayne Whalen and Paula Wolff
  • William Blair & Company, LLC
  • Woods Fund of Chicago
  • Jessica Droste Yagan and Sam Yagan


  • Susan S. Aaron
  • Alternative Schools Network
  • William C. Bartholomay
  • Prudence R. Beidler
  • Gina Berndt
  • Elizabeth Betten
  • Blue Island Historical Society
  • Philip C. Calian
  • Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Elizabeth Cisar
  • Suzie Desai and Roger Liew
  • Katherine A. Donofrio
  • Stephen Eastwood
  • Charles B. Edelstein
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
  • Kathleen P. Freidheim
  • Ari F. Glass
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Joseph Huffsmith
  • Becky B. Hurley
  • IFF
  • Christie B. Kelly
  • Roger Liew
  • Frank J. Lizzadro
  • Jacqueline J. Loewe
  • Bernard Loyd
  • Clark and Sari Maxfield
  • John W. McCarter, Jr.
  • Brian Meltzer
  • Savitra Pai and Howard Randell
  • Arthur Pearson
  • Paula C. Pienton
  • Shawn Riegsecker
  • Riverside Investment & Development
  • Patricia Shymanski
  • Adele S. Simmons, Ph.D.
  • South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
  • Barbara L. Stewart
  • Scott Swanson
  • Bill Toliopoulos
  • Michael Toolis, Stantec Architecture
  • William W. Towns
  • Urban Land Institute - Chicago
  • Valerie S. Kretchmer Associates, Inc.
  • Eric Weinheimer
  • World Business Chicago
  • Michael Zwell, Ph.D.


  • John A. Andersen, Jr.
  • Mark A. Angelini
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.
  • Ann H. and Gene L. Armstrong
  • Erin Arnold
  • Alan Baxter
  • Jennifer Bell
  • Kate Bensen
  • Jason and Mary Berry
  • Judy Block
  • Joel Bookman
  • Mark and Mary Bookman
  • James L. Brault
  • Thomas Burke
  • Cannon Design
  • Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
  • Monica Chadha
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • City of Chicago, Department of Public Health
  • City of Lake Forest
  • Brad Cole
  • John and Jane Colman
  • Community Investment Corporation
  • Shaun K. Considine
  • Cook County Department of Building & Zoning
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Cotter Consulting, Inc.
  • Robert E. Cowhey
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Ryan Cudney
  • Barbara Flynn Currie
  • Karen Darch
  • Robert O. Delaney
  • DLZ Corporation
  • Gerald Donnelly
  • The Economic Club of Chicago
  • Douglas Farr
  • Sunny Fischer
  • Robert Flannery
  • Cicely Fleming
  • Jean Franczyk
  • Patrice Frey
  • The Honorable Bridget Gainer
  • Jill Garling
  • Claude Gendreau
  • Gregory Gerber
  • Nancy S. Gerrie
  • Janet H. Gilbert
  • Christopher Hall
  • Kim Hammond
  • Emily J. Harris
  • Alison Hearne
  • Kay Hinn
  • Calvin Holmes
  • Robert and Saran Hutchins
  • J.A. Watts, Inc.
  • Derrick James
  • Jasculca/Terman and Associates, Inc.
  • Amy Turnbull Khare
  • The Lakota Group
  • Chris Lauzen
  • LCM Architects
  • Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Lisa Yun Lee
  • Kenneth and Lucy Lehman
  • John and Jill Levi
  • Karen J. Lewis
  • Paul Liebenson
  • William Loftus
  • Meredith Mack
  • David May
  • Rob McCloskey
  • Anne F. McMillen
  • Scott Nicholson
  • Douglas Pancoast
  • Heather D. Parish
  • Jonathan Perman
  • Arthur Peterson
  • Erika Poethig and Ray Sendejas
  • Julian G. Posada
  • Bettylu and Paul Saltzman
  • Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • John Sassaris
  • Henrietta Saunders
  • Stephen E. Schlickman
  • Dawveed Scully
  • Monica Drane and Paul Shadle
  • Dr. Raj C. Shah, MD
  • The Honorable Debra Shore
  • Ellen and Richard Shubart
  • Jeff E. Smith
  • Unmi Song
  • Jeffrey Sriver
  • St. Edmund's Redevelopment Corp.
  • Darwin G. Stuart
  • Thomas Sublewski
  • Michael A. Thomas
  • Threewalls
  • Village of Montgomery
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever LLC
  • Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi
  • Audrey Wennink
  • Joycelyn Winnecke


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.

2017 Board of Governors

*Executive Committee Members
**Retired or transitioned in 2017

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

Board of Governors Members

*Executive Committee Members
**Retired or transitioned in 2017

  • Kyle Barnett
    Head, North American Physical Channels & Head, US Channels
    BMO Harris Bank
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Founder & President
    Ross Barney Architects, Inc.
  • **George W. Bilicic
    Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking
  • Byron Brazier
    Apostolic Church of God 
  • *Matthew Brewer
    Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Monique Brinkman-Hill
    Senior VP & Managing Director, Wealth Management
    Northern Trust
  • Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D.
    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, Jr.
    Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
    Chairman & CEO
    PortaeCo LLC 
  • Linda Goodman
    Goodman Williams Group
  • **Joseph A. Gregoire
    Senior Vice President
    Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • *M. Hill Hammock
    Chicago Deferred Exchange Company
  • *King Harris
    Harris Holdings Inc.
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
    Vice President of Construction
    Peoples Gas
  • Charles R. Kaiser
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs
  • Christopher J. King
    Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • **Lerry J. Knox, Jr.
    Unplugged Capital, LLC
  • Bernard Loyd
    Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Mary K. Ludgin
    Managing Dir & Dir. of Global Investment Research
  • 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
  • Juan Gabriel Moreno
    JGMA, Ltd.
  • Savi Pai
    Executive Director, Private Bank
    JPMorgan Chase
  • *J. Scot Pepper
    Executive Vice President
    Pepper Construction Company
  • Julian G. Posada
    Chief Operating and Enterprise Officer
    The Resurrection Project
  • John S. Poth
    Partner, Nat'l PCS Quality and Risk Mgmt Leader
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • **Howard M. Radzely
    Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
    The Boeing Company
  • Jorge Ramirez
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • *George A. Ranney, Jr. 
  • Matthew R. Reilein
    Managing Director & Head of Impact Investing
    O'Brien-Staley Partners  
  • Smita Shah
    SPAAN Tech, Inc. 
  • Lisa Snow
    Managing Director, Dispute Consulting
    Duff & Phelps 
  • Martin Stern
    Senior Managing Director
    CBRE, Inc.
  • Tyronne Stoudemire
    VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion
    Global Hyatt Corporation 
  • Michael A. Thomas
    Vice President, Administration & Real Estate
    The Allstate Corporation
  • Mary White Vasys
    Vasys Consulting Ltd.
  • Melissa Y. Washington
    VP External Affairs & Large Customer Solutions
  • *Paula Wolff
    Illinois Justice Project
  • Jessica Droste Yagan
    Managing Partner
    Impact Engine

2017 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
  • James J. McClure, Jr.1
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Daniel R. Toll 
    Chairman (Retired) 
    Corona Corporation
  • Priscilla A. (Pam) Walter
    Of Counsel
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

1James McClure passed away December 2017 at 96 years old. He was a dedicated member of MPC’s Board of Governors for over 14 years and Honorary Board member for 14 years.

2017 Resource Board

*Designated in 2017

  • Mark A. Angelini
    Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • David E. Baker
    Executive Director
    American Urban Campus
  • Erin Lavin Cabonargi
    Director of Development Services
    Sterling Bay Companies
  • Gloria Castillo
    Chicago United Inc.
  • **Alison L. Chung
  • Madeleine K.B. Condit
    Founder and CEO
    Madeleine Condit & Associates LLC
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Ryan Cudney
    SVP | Corporate Reputation & Risk
  • Bernard J. Ford, Sr.
  • **John F. Hartray
    Retired 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
    A. LaVelle Consulting Services
  • John G. Markowski
    President & CEO
    Community Investment Corporation
  • Sylvia Puente
    Executive Director
    Latino Policy Forum
  • Robert G. Reiter, Jr.
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Christopher FitzHenry Robling
    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
    Granite Development Corporation

2017 Executive Advisors

  • Nicholas W. Alexos
    Chief Financial Officer
    Dentsply Sirona, Inc.
  • José (Joe) E. Almeida
    Chairman & CEO
    Baxter International Inc.
  • Carol L. Bernick
    Polished Nickel Capital Management LLC
  • George W. Bilicic
    Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking
  • John A. Buck, II
    The John Buck Company
  • John L. Bucksbaum
    Chief Executive Officer
    Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
  • Marion A. Cameron
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sipi Metals Corp.
  • David Casper
    President & CEO
    BMO Harris Bank
  • Robert M. Chapman
    Chief Executive Officer
    CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Marsha Cruzan
    Regional President
    U.S. Bank
  • Craig J. Duchossois
    Chairman and CEO
    The Duchossois Group, Inc. 
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
    Chairman & CEO
    PortaeCo LLC
  • Ari F. Glass
    Zeller Realty Corporation 
  • Edward R. Hamberger
    President & CEO
    Association of American Railroads
  • Michael L. Keiser
    Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
  • Christie B. Kelly
    Global Chief Financial Officer
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Karen Layng
    Founder and President
    M.A.I.T. Co. 
  • Raymond J. Lewis
    Former Chief Executive Officer
    Care Capital Properties, Inc. 
  • Jeffrey A. Malehorn
    Former President & CEO
    World Business Chicago
  • Charles Moore
    The Banc Funds Company 
  • David J. Neithercut
    President & CEO
    Equity Residential
  • J. Marshall Peck
    InterPark Holdings LLC 
  • Larry D. Richman
    President & CEO
    CIBC Bank USA
  • Shawn Riegsecker
    Founder & CEO
  • Joan Rockey
    Principal, Chief Financial Officer
    CastleArk Management LLC
  • Michael Scudder
    President & CEO
    First Midwest Bancorp
  • Robert A. Sullivan
    Regional Chairman
    Fifth Third Bank
  • Scott Swanson
    PNC Bank Illinois
  • Stephan B. Tanda
    President & CEO
    AptarGroup, Inc.
  • Frederick H. Waddell
    Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Northern Trust
  • Edward J. Wehmer
    President & CEO
    Wintrust Financial Corporation

2017 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
    American Urban Campus 
  • Byron Brazier
    Apostolic Church of God
  • Matthew Brewer
    Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Eva Brown
    U.S. Bank 
  • 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
    Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Kathy H. Hannan
    Retired, KPMG LLP
  • King Harris
    Harris Holdings Inc.
  • Maria P. Hibbs
    Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning
  • 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
  • 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
    O’Brien-Staley Partners 
  • Jesse H. Ruiz
    Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
  • Maria N. Saldaña
    Illinois Sports Facilities Authority
  • Lisa Snow
    Duff & Phelps
  • A. Gail Sturm
    ProTen Realty Group/CORFAC International 
  • 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.

2017 Sensible Growth Committee

  • Calvert W. Audrain
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Ross Barney Architects, Inc.
  • 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
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Alejandra Garza
    AGG Consulting
  • Linda Goodman
    Goodman Williams Group
  • Adolfo Hernandez
    JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Tiffany Ingram
    Chappell Consulting, LLC
  • Christopher J. King
    Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • Thomas C. Kirschbraun
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Suzanne Malec-McKenna
  • 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
  • Sabina L. Shaikh
    University of Chicago
  • David J. Siegel
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Michael A. Thomas
    The Allstate Corporation
  • Michael A. Toolis
  • Lois Vitt Sale
    Wight & Company
  • Kimberly Wasserman Nieto
    Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

2017 Regional Planning & Investment Committee

  • William Abolt
  • Kyle Barnett
    BMO Harris Bank 
  • George W. Bilicic
  • Olga Camargo
    TOROSO Investments, LLC
  • Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
    Pececa, Ltd.
  • Kristi DeLaurentiis
    South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
  • Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II
    Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Bernard J. Ford, Sr. 
  • James C. Franczek, Jr.
    Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
    PortaeCo LLC
  • Jacques N. Gordon
    LaSalle Investment Management 
  • Adrian Guerrero
    Union Pacific Corporation 
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
    People's Gas 
  • Lerry J. Knox
    Unplugged Capital, LLC 
  • Tom Kotarac
    Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago 
  • Vig Krishnamurthy
    Ford Motor Company 
  • Jill Leary
    Regional Transportation Authority
  • Sue Lee
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • Peter C. Malecek
    Bank of America
  • Thomas H. Morsch, Jr.
    Public Financial Management Group 
  • Stephen Newell
    IBM Corporation 
  • Michael A. Pagano
    University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA 
  • Savi Pai
    JPMorgan Chase 
  • J. Scot Pepper
    Pepper Construction Company 
  • Paula C. Pienton
    T.Y. Lin International, Inc. 
  • George A. Ranney, Jr.
  • Robert G. Reiter, Jr.
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Stephen E. Schlickman
    Schlickman & Associates 
  • Paul W. Shadle
    DLA Piper 
  • Smita Shah
    SPAAN Tech, Inc. 
  • Martin Stern
    CBRE, Inc. 
  • James P. Stirling
  • Emily Tapia Lopez
  • Paula Wolff
    Illinois Justice Project 
  • Paula Worthington
    University of Chicago
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