2020 Annual Report

Equity in Uncertain Times

2020. It was a year many of us simply want to discard. A pandemic surged, wildfires raged, racist violence kindled outrage, and the national political landscape disoriented us.

But with crisis comes openings for change. The turbulence of 2020 delivered unexpected new energy, new conversations, and new visions for tomorrow. Understanding that the status quo is unacceptable, there is no time in our 86-year history when the Metropolitan Planning Council has been more driven to advance the changes that will unleash a better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone.

We deserve a metropolitan Chicago region where every child has access to safe drinking water and no one is evicted due to job loss during a pandemic, where every person can enjoy urban green space, and no one commutes three hours on buses to work, where every neighborhood resident’s voice is heard in a comprehensive citywide plan and where no remote-learning student goes without internet at home. We’ve never been more committed to shaping a region where every person can thrive.

Listening

Listening

Historically, urban planning has a reputation for exclusion, but we’re charting a new course.

What has changed in my view on cross-neighborhood partnership. We have an opportunity here to build connections across the city so that the divide between north/south can be minimized. - A workshop participant in the We Will Chicago citywide planning process

Improving citywide planning through Chicago’s first comprehensive plan since 1966

Citywide plans allow us to envision the future, collectively. The first step? Building a collective. That’s why MPC, in partnership with multiple City departments, convened people in autumn 2020 to explore how Mayor Lightfoot’s three-year citywide planning process, “We Will Chicago,” can best include the voices of all residents, incorporate critical lessons from other cities, and overcome our region’s past planning challenges.

Exploring Illinois’ water challenges through the lens of equity

Quote: We’re excited about the technical assistance we’re receviing from the Metropolitan Planning Council. Maintaining our water system is very important. - Dante Sawyer, Hazel Crest Village Manager

COVID-19 has shown us how important water is to our well-being—but it’s also highlighted that clean, affordable, accessible water is not a given for many. To change that, MPC has worked with communities, nonprofit partners, and decision-makers to learn what stands in the way of an equitable water future for Illinois residents. We helped establish an advisory group to the Illinois State Water Plan update, focused on ensuring the plan emphasizes equity and a robust public engagement strategy. We supported the development of a coalition that is creating an Illinois Water Justice Agenda to ensure water affordability, accessibility, and quality. We provided technical assistance to the communities of Hazel Crest and Evanston on lead service lines and water affordability, respectively. And we created a working group focused on designing flooding relief that works for Chicago homeowners from all neighborhoods and income levels.

Changing stereotypes about what makes a “good neighborhood”

“Bad neighborhood.” It’s a term as simplistic as it is damaging. By challenging false narratives around segregated neighborhoods, we can build solidarity and empathy to change perceptions. MPC’s Research Team is bolstering the case for reparations and targeted investments through conversations with residents about their neighborhoods’ assets, as well as about how policymakers can systemically address the harms of structural racism.

Quote: This is a transformative time in our country’s history...The wealth gap in thsi country has gotten larger over the past 40 years, and people see it now. - John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairmain, Co-CEO, and Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments, and MPC’s 2020 Champion Fighter Award Recipient

Learning from the wisdom of business visionaries

Founding one of America’s largest minority-owned investment firms. Beating Michael Jordan at basketball. These are a couple of the accolades about John Rogers, MPC’s 2020 Champion Fighter Award recipient. John’s vision and expertise extends past his business, Ariel Investments, into boardrooms and C-suites across America. In the keynote at our September 2020 Annual Event, John spoke about our country’s growing racial wealth gap, the impact of George Floyd’s murder, and how a strong economy undergirds change. In case you missed it, Governor J.B. Pritzker joined one of many voices praising John in a surprise celebratory video.

7.647 people attended MPC events in 2019

Documenting the lived experiences of people using our region’s transportation system

When it comes to investments in transportation, decisions should be based on more than numbers and data. People’s experiences matter. MPC partnered with Equiticity and the University of Illinois at Chicago on focus groups around the ways in which transportation is a barrier to employment. We also looked at 40 of America’s largest metropolitan regions for models of equity-grounded transportation funding decisions. Blended together, these approaches can ensure that the Chicago region’s transit system benefits those whom we rely on the most.

Visioning

Visioning

A better, bolder, more equitable future for everyone in Chicagoland requires long-range vision.

Building a stormwater credit trading market

In 2020, MPC celebrated a win that was 12 years in the making: an updated ordinance approved by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) that greenlights two Cook County pilot stormwater credit trading programs. Stormwater credit trading is an innovative, market-based approach that enables infrastructure that reduces flooding to be built efficiently where it’s needed most. MPC and The Nature Conservancy are managing these pilots through a partnership known as StormStore. We are unlocking new opportunities for property owners, developers, and communities to work together to reduce costly flooding and unlock economic development in northwest and southeast Cook County.

Moving Toward Racial Equity in Cook County’s Forest Preserves

Green space is healthy for our bodies, minds, and our sense of community. But structural racism has limited access to recreation and to fresh air at our region’s unique network of urban forests. MPC staff pursued racial equity with the Forest Preserves, making changes both internally and in a public-facing plan. Using a racial equity lens to guide land acquisition, staffing, and programming willconnect more residents of Cook County to biodiversity, which can help both people and places thrive.

1,963,000 impresions across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn

Fighting for a more accessible region

Whether commuting to a job or anywhere else, accessibility is key to ensuring that our robust transit network helps people get where they need to go. Connecting workers to transit reduces employee turnover costs, according to findings from our partnership with the Boston Consulting Group. And communities across our area are falling short on their commitments to accessibility, according to our analysis in partnership with the Great Lakes ADA center. Shoulder-to-shoulder with experts, allies, and stakeholders, we can move our region Toward Universal Mobility.

Developing a community-driven vision for land in Rogers Park

Bees buzzing. Hoses running. These are the sounds of a community garden near the CTA Howard transit hub. Since Alderwoman Maria Hadden is committed to honoring local opinions on the future of this transit-oriented land parcel, she’s partnering with MPC to deploy the unique, hands-on convening method we’ve used in places from Aurora to Woodlawn to understand community desires regarding development. A wrinkle? The pandemic. This year, we reinvented our Corridor Development Initiative into something new—complete with social-distancing-friendly virtual workshops, virtual polling, live translation, and take-home design kits.

Outlining a path to a healthier Chicago without disparities

In the near-north Streeterville neighborhood, residents can expect to live to 90, while nine miles south, Englewood residents will only live, on average, to 60 years. It’s the largest life expectancy disparity in the U.S., and it’s a problem that Healthy Chicago 2025 aims to solve. MPC helped the Chicago Department of Public Health develop recommendations that address our complex social and institutional barriers to health, from the formation of an environmental equity working group, to using health data in building inspections, to increasing police accountability.

Collaborating

Collaborating

We change perceptions, conversations, and the status quo by working together.

Preserving affordability together in East Garfield Park

It’s a familiar double-edged sword: well-intentioned investments in public amenities can raise property values and displace families. We convened East Garfield Park residents from May 2019 through March 2020 for a public planning process to identify shared affordability goals and strategies—from a strong, independent neighborhood coalition to a Community-Driven Land Trust. We released the resulting Blueprint for Community Action at a resource fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

41 events hosted online and around the region

Joining together for inviting, productive, and living rivers

When National Geographic called Chicago’s riverside trails some of the nation’s best “secret urban walks,” they weren’t kidding. This summer, partners from Openlands to the Chicago Community Trust joined the public in helping us celebrate our rivers in a summertime social media campaign, #GreatRiversChicago. It brought to life the plans, projects, and passion that have improved the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines rivers over the past four years since the release of Our Great Rivers, the first-ever unifying and forward-looking vision for all three of Chicago’s rivers.

Committing to the Calumet

Seasons and political administrations change, but long-term, cross-sector engagement is transformative. After more than a decade of partnerships throughout the Calumet region, we’re seeing movement on many fronts. We’re promoting access to green spaces through advising the Illinois Port District on a vision for both a working port and community assets at Lake Calumet, supporting river-oriented projects like connecting Altgeld Gardens’ residents to an urban forest, and developing Conservation Action Plan strategy to improve open space along the Little Calumet River. For more than five years we’ve convened the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative for critical conversations among stakeholders in a shared watershed on how to reduce urban flooding. Just recently Opportunity Advancement Innovation, Inc. partnered with us on helping municipalities jointly maintain green infrastructure and create green jobs. When our call for Drinking Water 1-2-3 technical assistance projects went out, we were excited that the south suburban communities of Hazel Crest, Robbins and Sauk Village all requested help on critical water supply planning needs. The list goes on—Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, affordable housing assessments through Homes for a Changing Region, land use planning with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and more. Substantial and sustained, our commitment to the Calumet is core to who MPC is and what we do.

306 news mentions across the U.S.

Building capacity among communities

The layered crises of 2020 were particularly devastating to our region’s smaller communities. Sales tax revenues dried up just as demands for services increased. MPC and its Transform Illinois partners assist with models of services sharing and consolidation. MPC subject matter experts offered a helping hand on water supply solutions for Joliet and its neighbors and through groups such as the Northwest Water Planning Alliance and the Southwest Water Planning Group.

Mapping a brighter future after COVID-19

The pandemic has raged like a wildfire, laying bare our region’s—and nation’s—structural inequities. But while policies and lack of investments created the tinderbox, COVID-19 was only the match. In a region where Black residents are more than twice as likely to die from coronavirus as their white counterparts, MPC joined the Field Foundation and more than 20 other local institutions and researchers to create an interactive mapping tool whose data reveals truths about the unjust impacts of this cruel illness. And this tool is guiding a deployment of resources to achieve an equitable recovery.

Advocating

Advocating

As a policy change organization, we use our influence to create change.

Instilling equity practices internally at MPC

Our commitment to racial equity means nothing if we don’t have difficult internal conversations that lead to change. Members of MPC’s Equity Committee developed a customized framework for implementing Anti Racism Anti Oppression practices within our institution, guided by Board equity advisors and by assistance from Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (Chicago ROAR).

Battling our region’s lead pipe problem

Chicago has more lead service lines than any other city in America, and lead pipes are a frightening and costly problem in communities across Illinois. Lead exposure can lower children’s IQs, increase attention-related behavior problems, reduce growth and hearing, and create a lifetime of negative health repercussions. Through MPC’s advocacy for a statewide solution to lead service lines, we are working with partners across Illinois to ensure that every municipality has the resources needed to replace every lead service line—the only equitable solution. We’re working with communities to prioritize hard-hit areas and vulnerable populations, such as schools and daycares. And we’re working with policy makers to ensure that Black and Brown communities benefit from the good jobs that lead service line replacement will create.

Raising our voice for community benefit after COVID-19

It’s impossible to overstate how dramatically the pandemic has upended our lives. In the face of upheaval, MPC leaders have worked to protect our region’s residents and institutions, such as folks struggling to make rent as their jobs are swept from beneath their feet. We’ve advocated for changes that protect renters from an “Eviction Cliff.” We’ve also shaped media coverage through advising the monthly Crain’s Chicago Business “Forum” and writing for venues like the Chicago Sun-Times to ensure that Chicagoland’s public transportation network survives a “carpocalypse.” When the going gets tough, it’s more important than ever to fight for the assets that help everyone thrive.

Quote: We need to provide basic internet for free and make it easily accessible for all parents in need right now. - Claiborne W., Austin Parent, as quoted in ’Digital Equity in Education in the Coronavirus Era,’ a 2020 report released by MPC and Kids First Chicago

Shining a light on the inequities of remote learning, which inspired a $50M fund to connect students

Did you know that one in five Black or Latinx learners lack home access to broadband in Chicago? In April, we published findings with Kids First Chicago revealing that children of color are less likely to have the internet or the connected devices at home that are necessary for remote learning. In June, Mayor Lori Lightfoot raised $50 million from business and philanthropy leaders for “Chicago Connected,” an effort that provides free, high-speed internet access for four years to Chicago Public Schools learners, possibly the nation’s largest high-speed internet connection effort. A flurry of news stories cited our research, a catalyst for actionable change that will help students in homes across the city.

Building a path forward for equitable transit-oriented development

In 2013, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance designed to promote development near transit, but in practice, these zoning reforms heavily and inequitably benefitted Chicago’s North and Northwest sides. In an effort that spanned two mayoral administrations, 18 months, over 80 voices, and a pandemic, MPC joined Elevated Chicago partners in advocating for more equitable transit-oriented development (ETOD). The result? The City of Chicago’s first-ever ETOD plan, released in September 2020, a step toward addressing our public health, racial justice, and climate change crises through smart development around transit hubs.


The exhaustion of 2020 caused many to ask, “How much worse can things get?” As an independent policy change organization, the Metropolitan Planning Council instead focuses on how much better things can be. Thank you for being there, for supporting our work, for inching us closer to a more equitable, more joyful future.

Financial summary

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

2020 operating expenses

2020 operating revenue by source

$250,000–$499,999

  • The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust
  • *The Chicago Community Trust
  • *Grand Victoria Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

$100,000–$249,999

  • The Crown Family
  • Ann M. Drake
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Harris Family Foundation
  • *The Joyce Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • McCormick Foundation
  • McDougal Family Foundation
  • PNC Bank
  • *Polk Bros. Foundation

$50,000–$99,999

  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Ellen Carnahan
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Comcast
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Kenneth C. Griffin
  • Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan
  • *Steans Family Foundation
  • U.S. Bank

$20,000–$49,999

  • Abbott
  • Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
  • Bank of America
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
  • Patricia and Laurence Booth
  • Bowman C. Lingle Trust
  • Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
  • CIBC Bank USA
  • Colonel Stanley McNeil Foundation
  • ComEd
  • Conant Family Foundation
  • Kent and Elizabeth Dauten
  • The Duchossois Group, Inc.
  • Elevate Energy
  • First Midwest Bank
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Jacques N. Gordon and Elizabeth H. Wiltshire
  • Groupon
  • Lavin Family Foundation
  • Lendlease Development Inc.
  • Holly and John Madigan
  • Mansueto Foundation
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Andrew J. McKenna, Sr.
  • Steven N. Miller
  • Lee M. Mitchell
  • Northern Trust
  • Peoples Gas
  • The Prince Charitable Trusts
  • The Pritzker Traubert Foundation
  • Reyes Holdings, LLC
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • The Vistria Group
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • William Blair & Company, LLC
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Yagan Family Foundation

$10,000–$19,999

  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • The Allstate Corporation
  • AptarGroup, Inc.
  • Association of American Railroads
  • The Banc Funds Company
  • The Canning Foundation
  • CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Centro
  • Charles River Associates
  • Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Cleveland-Cliffs ArcelorMittal
  • Michelle L. Collins
  • E. David Coolidge, III
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • J. Michael Drew
  • The Edgewater Funds
  • Edwardson Family Foudation
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • John R. Ettelson
  • Franczek P.C.
  • Linda and Wilbur Gantz
  • Nancy S. Gerrie
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • InterPark Holdings LLC
  • The John Buck Company
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Karen P. Layng
  • Lazard
  • Jim and Kitty Mann
  • Mansueto Office Inc
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Joan Rockey
  • Roland Berger Consultant
  • John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe
  • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
  • Katherine M. Scherer
  • Sam and Dona Scott Fund
  • Sterling Bay Companies
  • Structured Development, LLC
  • Don and Liz Thompson
  • University of Chicago

$5,000–$9,999

  • Nicholas W. Alexos
  • Michael J. Alter
  • Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Baird & Warner, Inc.
  • CDW
  • Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Chris and Cira Conley
  • d’Escoto, Inc.
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Edelman
  • Joan and Robert Feitler
  • Bon and Holly French
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
  • Hill and Cheryl Hammock
  • Heitman
  • James & Catherine Denny Foundation
  • Carol and Larry Levy
  • John and Judy McCarter
  • National Equity Fund, Inc.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Pepper Construction Company
  • Perkins & Will
  • R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.
  • Emma Rodriguez-Ayala and Eric Chitwood
  • John W. Rogers, Jr.
  • Julia M. Stasch
  • Ellen and Jim Stirling
  • Bruce W. Taylor
  • Ventas, Inc.
  • Vitale Family Foundation
  • Melissa Y. Washington
  • Wight & Company
  • Wayne Whalen and Paula Wolff

$1,000–$4,999

  • Anonymous
  • Ben and Sheila Applegate
  • Kyle Barnett
  • MarySue Barrett
  • Francis and Prudence Beidler
  • Virginia Breen
  • Matthew Brewer
  • Todd C. Brown
  • Christopher B. Burke
  • Suzanne Burns
  • Paul and Rebecca Carlisle
  • Chicago Cubs
  • CSX Transportation Inc.
  • Francesca DeBiase
  • Deloitte
  • Divvy/Lyft Transit, Bikes and Scooters
  • Paul Dykstra
  • Enterprise Community Investments
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
  • Mr. and Mrs. James J. Glasser
  • Linda Goodman and David Narefsky
  • The Habitat Company
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
  • David D. Hiller
  • Jocarno Fund
  • Lawrence Kearns
  • Christopher J. King
  • Tom Kirschbraun
  • Janet A. Lang
  • Martha Linsley
  • Make It Better Media Group
  • Erica Marquez Avitia
  • David Mook
  • Emily Nicklin
  • Optima Inc.
  • Sameer Patel
  • Patricia J. Hurley & Associates, Inc.
  • Matthew R. Reilein
  • The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
  • Alana Ward Robinson
  • Carol Ross Barney
  • Sahara Enterprises, Inc.
  • Reed Singer
  • Unmi Song
  • Barbara L. Stewart
  • Michael A. Thomas
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Mary White Vasys
  • Pam and Doug Walter

$500–$999

  • Mark A. Angelini
  • John G. Crowley
  • Barbara Flynn Currie
  • Grisko LLC
  • Stacy Janiak
  • Bernard Loyd
  • Mary K. Ludgin
  • Suzanne Malec-McKenna
  • Clark Maxfield
  • Robert E. Miller
  • Juliana Posada, LiftUp Enterprise
  • Janice E. Rodgers
  • Jeff E. Smith
  • Darwin G. Stuart
  • Valerie S. Kretchmer Associates, Inc.
  • Walder Foundation
  • Adrienne E. White-Faines

$150–$499

  • John A. Andersen, Jr.
  • Anonymous
  • Kate Bensen
  • Joel Bookman
  • Thomas Burke
  • K.K. Neilsen Cleland
  • Mr. and Mrs. John C. Colman
  • Ellen C. Craig
  • Kristi DeLaurentiis
  • Renita L. Dixon
  • Farr Associates
  • Jean Franczyk
  • Donald Haider
  • Errol and Libby Halperin
  • Douglas Hurdelbrink
  • Robert A. Hutchins
  • John Jendras
  • Amy Turnbull Khare
  • William J. Kirby
  • Leadership Greater Chicago
  • John and Jill Levi
  • Wyllys Mann
  • David May
  • Susan J. Moran and John M. McDonough
  • Clare M. Muñana
  • Maura O’Hara
  • Jonathan Perman
  • Paula C. Pienton
  • John and Stacy Sassaris
  • Adele S. Simmons
  • Jeffrey Sriver
  • Benjamin Swartzendruber
  • Amber Webb

*Signifies donors to Economic Security for IL, the organization for which MPC serves as Fiscal Sponsor.

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.

2020 Board of Governors

Executive Committee Officers

  • Chair
    Ellen Carnahan
    Principal
    Machrie Enterprises LLC
  • Vice Chair
    Ann M. Drake
    President & Founder, Lincoln Road
    Chair & Founder, AWESOME
  • Vice Chair Development
    James P. Stirling
    Senior Advisor
    UBS
  • Vice Chair Development/Secretary
    Paul C. Carlisle
    Chief Operating Officer
    Market Head-Commercial Banking
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Vice Chair Government Relations
    Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II
    Managing Director and Principal
    Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Treasurer
    Bruce W. Taylor
    Managing Partner
    Taylor Investment Partners
  • Immediate Past Chair
    Todd C. Brown
  • President
    MarySue Barrett
    President
    Metropolitan Planning Counci

2020 Board of Governors

* denotes Executive Committee Members
** denotes resigned in 2020

  • *Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión
    Managing Director
    Atristain Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Kyle Barnett
    Head, North American Physical Channels & US Channels
    BMO Financial Group
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Founder & President
    Ross Barney Architects, Inc.
  • *Matthew Brewer
    Partner
    Bartlit Beck LLP
  • Carole L. Brown
    EVP/Head Asset Management Group
    PNC Bank
  • Christopher B. Burke
    President
    Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • **John H. Catlin
    Partner
    LCM Architects
  • **Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau
    President
    Pececa, Ltd.
    Eileen Chin
    President
    R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.
  • Chris Conley
    Founder
    Two Bit Ventures, LLC
  • Lester Crown
    Chairman
    Henry Crown & Company
  • Francesca DeBiase
    Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
    McDonald’s Corporation
  • Zena Diggs
    Senior Vice President
    Bank of America
  • James C. Franczek, Jr.
    President
    Franczek P.C.
  • Linda Goodman
    Principal
    Goodman Williams Group
  • *Jacques N. Gordon
    Global Investment Strategist
    LaSalle Investment Management
  • M. Hill Hammock
    Chairman
    Cook County Health & Hospital System
  • Andrew J. Hesselbach
    Senior Vice President Illinois Operations
    WEC Energy Group
  • Laurie A. Holmes
    Partner
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLC
  • Charles R. Kaiser
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Edelman
  • **Christopher J. King
    President
    Robinson Engineering Ltd.
  • Martha Linsley
  • Laritza Lopez
    President
    Purple Group
  • Bernard Loyd
    President
    Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Mary K. Ludgin
    Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Research
    Heitman LLC
  • James E. Mann
  • Erica Marquez Avitia
    Chief Operating Officer
    Old Mission Capital LLC
  • Lee M. Mitchell
    Managing Partner
    Thoma Bravo, Inc.
  • **Matthew Moog
    Interim CEO
    Chicago Public Media
  • David Mook
    Chief Private Banking Officer
    U.S. Bank, Wealth Management Group
  • **Juan Gabriel Moreno
    President
    JGMA, Ltd.
  • Sameer Patel
    Partner
    Holland & Knight LLP
  • J. Scot Pepper
    President
    Pepper Construction Company
  • Julian G. Posada
    President
    LiftUp Enterprises
  • George A. Ranney, Jr.
  • *Matthew R. Reilein
    President & CEO
    National Equity Fund, Inc.
  • Robert G. Reiter, Jr.
    President
    Chicago Federation of Labor
  • **Shawn Riegsecker
    Founder & CEO
    Centro
  • Alana Ward Robinson
    President & CEO
    Robinson Group Consulting Inc.
  • Emma L. Rodriguez-Ayala
    General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    Legal & General Investment Management America
  • Unmi Song
    President
    Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • **Tyronne Stoudemire
    Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion
    Hyatt Hotel Corporation
  • Michael A. Thomas
    Vice President, Administration & Real Estate
    The Allstate Corporation
  • Mary White Vasys
    President
    Vasys Consulting Ltd.
  • *Melissa Y. Washington
    Vice President External Affairs & Large Customer Solutions
    ComEd
  • *Paula Wolff
    Director
    Illinois Justice Project
  • *Jessica Droste Yagan
    Managing Partner
    Impact Engine

2020 Honorary Board

  • Laurence O. Booth 
    Design Principal 
    Booth Hansen Associates
  • Joseph A. Gregoire
    Senior Vice President
    Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Donald Haider
    Professor of Public Management
    Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • John McDonough
    Partner (Retired)
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Priscilla A. (Pam) Walter
    Walter Law Offices

2020 Executive Advisors

  • Nicholas Alexos
    EVP & Chief Financial Officer
    Univar Solutions
  • Wilfried Aulbur
    Senior Partner, Member of the Advisory Board
    Roland Berger
  • Carol Bernick
    Chief Executive Officer
    Polished Nickel Capital Management LLC
  • John L. Bucksbaum
    Chief Executive Officer
    Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC
  • David R. Casper
    U.S. CEO
    BMO Financial Group
  • Robert M. Chapman
    Chief Executive Officer
    CenterPoint Properties Trust
  • Keating Crown
    Managing Principal
    Sterling Bay
  • Marsha Cruzan
    Regional President
    U.S. Bank
  • J. Michael Drew
    Founding Principal
    Structured Development, LLC
  • Craig J. Duchossois
    Chairman & CEO
    The Duchossois Group, Inc.
  • John Ettelson
    President & CEO
    William Blair & Company
  • Robert W. Frentzel
    Managing Director & Co-Head of Commercial Banking
    CIBC U.S.
  • John S. Gates, Jr.
    Executive Chairman
    TradeLane Properties, LLC
  • Nancy S. Gerrie
    Partner
    Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ari Glass
    Head of Real Estate
    Mansueto Office Inc.
  • Michael L. Keiser
    Owner
    Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
  • Mark Kowlzan
    Chairman & CEO
    Packaging Corporation of America
  • Karen Layng
    Founder & President
    M.A.I.T. Co.
  • Steven N. Miller
    Partner & Co-Founder
    Origin Ventures
  • Charles J. Moore
    President
    The Banc Funds
  • J. Marshall Peck
    President
    InterPark Holdings LLC
  • Shawn Riegsecker
    Founder & CEO
    Centro
  • Joan Rockey
    Chief Financial Officer
    The Mather Group
  • Katherine M. Scherer
    Managing Partner
    Deloitte LLP
  • Michael Scudder
    Chairman, President & CEO
    First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
  • Mark Skender
    Chief Executive Officer
    Skender
  • Kristofer Swanson
    VP and Practice Leader, Forensic Services
    Charles River Associates
  • Scott Swanson
    President
    PNC Bank, Illinois
  • Stephan B. Tanda
    President & CEO
    AptarGroup, Inc.
  • James P. TenBroek
    Managing Partner
    Growth Catalyst Partners
  • Edward J. Wehmer
    Founder, President & CEO
    Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Theodore Weldon, III
    Executive General Manager - Development
    Lendlease

2020 Housing and Community Development Committee

  • Pamela Daniels-Halis, co-chair
    BMO Harris Bank
  • Amy Khare, co-chair
    National Initative on Mixed Income Communities
  • Bennett Applegate
    Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
  • Forest Bailey
    Draper & Kramer
  • David Baker
    America’s Urban Campus
  • Betsy Benito
    Higher Ground Partners
  • Mathew Brewer
    Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.
  • Chester Bell
    U.S Bank
  • Lee Brown
    Teska Associates, Inc.
  • Todd C. Brown 
  • Andre Brumfield
    Gensler
  • Lissette Castañeda
    LUCHA
  • Andrew Geer
    Enterprise Community Partners
  • Linda Goodman
    Goodman Williams Group
  • Veronica Gonzalez
    NHP Foundation
  • King Harris
    Harris Holdings Inc.
  • Peter Levavi
    Brinshore Development LLC
  • Laritza Lopez
    The Purple Group
  • Fanny Lopez Benitez
    Latino Policy Forum
  • Bernard Loyd
    Urban Juncture, Inc.
  • Wyllys Mann
    Baird & Warner, Inc.
  • Robert Miller
    Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.
  • Bob Palmer
    Housing Action IL
  • Sameer Patel
    Holland & Knight LLP
  • Matthew Reilein
    National Equity Fund
  • Emma Rodriguez Ayala
    Legal & General Investment Management America
  • Bruce Taylor
    Taylor Investment Partners
  • Mary Vasys
    Vasys Consulting Ltd.
  • Stacie Young
    The Preservation Compact
  • Juanita Irizarry
    Friends of the Park
  • Pete Saunders
    Village of Richton Park
  • Terri Worman
    AARP

2020 Effective Government Committee

  • Hill Hammock, co-chair
    Cook County Health Board
  • Alana Robinson co-chair
    Robinson Group Consulting, Inc.
  • Bill Balling
    WRB LLC
  • Christina Burns
    Village of Oswego
  • Eileen Chin
    R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.
  • Chris Conley
    Two Bit Ventures, LLC
  • Mayor Rodney Craig
    Village of Hanover Park
  • Bob Dean
    Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II
    Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.
  • Mark Fowler
    Northwest Municipal Conference
  • Lindsay Hollander
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Bo Kemp
    Southland Development Authority
  • Martha Linsley
  • Joseph Mancino
    Greensigns LLC
  • Sabina Shaikh
    University of Chicago
  • Michael Pagano
    University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA
  • Heather Parish
    Pierce Family Foundation
  • Mayor Sergio Rodriguez
    Village of Summit
  • David Silverman
    Ancel Glink
  • Regan Stockstell
    Village of Richton Park
  • Paula Wolff
    Illinois Justice Project

2020 Land Use and Planning Committee

  • Paul Carlisle, Co-Chair
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Alejandra Garza, Co-Chair
    AGG Consulting
  • Paola Aguirre
    Borderless Studio
  • Jaime Arteaga
    Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  •  Adam Ballard
    AARP
  • Philip Beckham
    P3 Markets
  • Ellen Craig
  • Fernando DeMiao
    DePaul University
  • Zena Diggs
    Bank of America
  • Ghian Foreman
    Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative
  • Meleah Geerstma
    Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Linda Goodman
    Goodman Williams Group
  • Shubhra Govind
    Village of Hanover Park
  • Juanita Irizarry
    Friends of the Parks
  • Rebecca Judd
    Donnelley Foundation
  • Thomas C. Kirschbraun
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Kindy Kruller
    Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Sarah Langeliers
    GHD
  • Mary Ludgin
    Heitman
  • James Mann
  • Erica Marquez Avitia
    Old Mission Capital LLC
  • Zorica Nedovic-Budic
    UIC, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Scot Pepper
    Pepper Construction
  • Julian Posada
    LiftUp Enterprises
  • Anjulie Rao
    American Institute of Architects
  • Rob Reuland
    Site Design
  • Emma Rodriguez-Ayala
    Legal & General Investment Management America
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Ross Barney Architects
  • Traci Sanders
    Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Elizabeth Scott
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Dawveed Scully
    SOM
  • Anton Seals
    Grow Greater Englewood
  • Paul Shadle
    DLA Piper
  • Raj Shah
    Rush University
  • David Siegel
    Sidley Austin LLP
  • Unmi Song
    The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Will Tippens
    Related Midwest
  • Michael Toolis
  • Steven Vance
    Map Strategies
  • Pam Walter
    Walter Law Offices
  • Kimberly Wasserman Nieto
    Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

2020 Transportation Committee

  • Tom Kotarac, co-chair
    Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago
  • Paula Worthington, co-chair
    University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • William Abolt
    AECOM
  • Felip Ballesteros
    Purple Group
  • Kyle Barnett
    BMO Harris Bank
  • Dionne Baux
    National Main Street Center, Inc.
  • Pedro Cevallos-Candau
  • Kristi DeLaurentiis
    South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
  • Cindy Fish
    Fish Transportation Group
  • Jackie Forbes
    Kane County Division of Transportation
  • James Franczek
    Franczek Radelet P.C.
  • Jacques Gordon
    LaSalle Investment Management
  • Jessica Hector-Hsu
    Regional Transportation Authority
  • Sidney Kenyon
    DuPage County Division of Transportation
  • Martha Linsley
  • Lynda Lopez
    Active Transportation Alliance
  •  Kate Lowe
    University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA
  • Neil McMonagle
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • David Mook
    US Bank
  • Thomas H. Morsch
    Morsch Expeditions
  • J. Scot Pepper
    Pepper Construction Company 
  • Paula Pienton
    T.Y. Lin International, Inc.
  • Oboi Reed
    Equiticity
  • Robert G. Reiter
    Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Carol Ross Barney
    Ross Barney Architects
  • James P. Stirling
    UBS
  • Emily Tapia-Lopez
    HNTB Corporation
  • Erik Varela
    Union Pacific Railroad
  • Mae C. Whiteside
    CKL Engineers
  • Laura Wilkison
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Jon Zabrocki
    Robinson Engineering

2020 Water Resources Committee

  • Suzanne Malec-McKenna, co-chair
  • Manju Sharma, co-chair
    SPAAN Tech
  • Amrou Atassi
    CDM Smith
  • Nora Beck
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Christopher B. Burke
    Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.
  • Ellen Carnahan
    Machrie Enterprises LLC
  • Anna-Lisa Castle
    Alliance of the Great Lakes
  • Carolyn Grieves
    Baxter & Woodman
  • Alaina Harkness
    Current
  • Andy Hesselbach
    WEC Energy Group
  • Jyotsna Jagai
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Chuck Kaiser
    Edelman
  • Genese Leach
    Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Edith Makra
    Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
  • James E. Mann
  • Andy Martin
    Greeley and Hansen
  • Paul May
    Northwest Suburban Municipal JAWA
  • Peter Mulvaney
    Jacobs
  • Cristina Negri
    Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jeremy Orr
    Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Margaret Schneemann
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Sabina Shaikh
    University of Chicago
  • Mike Thomas
    Allstate
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