MPC Spotlight: Ryan Wilson - Metropolitan Planning Council

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MPC Spotlight: Ryan Wilson

Meet Ryan Wilson, Manager of Water Resources. Ryan joined the MPC team in December 2019 to grow our StormStore™ program in partnership with our friends at The Nature Conservancy One of Ryan's great joys of working at MPC is serving as utility player for our broader water and organizational priorities.

Outside of MPC, Ryan is a Board Member of Friends of the Parks and the Emeritus Board Member of Plant Chicago.

Q&A with Ryan:

Chicago region native? If not, where are you from and what brought you to the Windy City?
I moved to Chicago after college, in part because a friend from Chicago said, “Ryan, you’d love it! It’s a big city, made up of a bunch of small towns.” They were right on all three points.

Favorite Chicago region activity?
I like a good walk in a park, anytime of the year, but especially during spring migration, or a deep winter freeze, or when there is a bonfire, or fire being used to manage a cultivated or natural landscape, at the end.

Coastal, mountains, or great lakes?
In Georgia where I grew up, and extending through the Carolinas, we have a landscape referred to as the Piedmont—some call it the foothills. It’s a gentle landscape, between places, much like Chicagoland. It provides a solid vantages point for contemplating awe-inspiring places. So… Yes, all of the above.


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