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MPC Elects Board Members, Officers, Executive Committee

New members approved at Sept. 23 board meeting

(Chicago)…..The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is pleased to announce its newly elected Executive Committee, Board of Governors and Resource Board, including incoming Chair John A. Buck, chairman and CEO of the national real estate development firm, The John Buck Company.

A motion to approve 2004-2006 MPC officers and Executive Committee members passed by unanimous vote at a meeting of MPC’s Board of Governors and Resource Board on Sept. 23 at the Westin River North, 320 N. Dearborn, Chicago. The board also elected new members and approved new appointments to the Council’s Resource Board.

“More than 70 years ago, the Metropolitan Planning Council was founded by a small, dedicated group of action-oriented citizens who wanted to make Chicago a better place,” said MarySue Barrett, president of MPC. “Since then, the Council has become one of the region’s most effective sensible growth advocates, galvanized in no small part by our board members, who follow in the tradition of our founders as committed leaders with the expertise and courage necessary to address the right issues at the right time.”

New MPC officers, both of whom join the Executive Committee, are Chair John A. Buck, chairman and CEO, The John Buck Company; and Secretary Valerie B. Jarrett, executive vice president, The Habitat Company.

Current board members Mary K. Ludgin, managing director, Heitman, and Bernard Loyd, president, Urban Juncture, Inc., also will join the Executive Committee.

The incoming members of the Board of Governors are:

Todd Brown, Vice Chairman, Shorebank;

Karen S. Butler, Senior Development Director, General Growth Properties, Inc.;

Gery Chico, Partner, Chico & Nunes LLP;

Ann M. Drake, CEO, DSC Logistics, Inc.;

Robert V. Fitzsimmons, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP;

James C. Franczek, Jr., Partner, Franczek Sullivan P.C.;

Maria N. Saldana, Senior Vice President, Ramirez & Company, Inc.; and

David Wilhelm, President, Woodland Venture Management.


New members of the Resource Board are:

Gloria Castillo, President, Chicago United, Inc.;

Alison L. Chung, President, TeamWerks; and

Robert A. Kornecki, President and CEO Midwest Region, Burnson-Marsteller.

Incoming Chair Buck takes the helm from John S. Gates, Jr., co-chairman and CEO, CenterPoint Properties Trust, a leading real estate development firm. Gates served as chair since 2002 and will continue his involvement with MPC as an executive committee member.

“Under John Gates’ active and innovative leadership, MPC has focused its energies on strengthening the ties between our various program areas,” said Barrett. “John urged us to rethink the work that we’ve long been doing, to better connect our transportation agenda, for instance, to our housing initiatives. His leadership has helped the organization become more effective, and we are grateful for it.”

Buck has served on MPC’s Regional Development Committee and co-chairs the Council’s Bold Plans, Bright Future campaign to raise $8 million for an endowment and special program initiatives. As the developer of one of Chicago’s signature attractions, the Sears Tower, Buck brings a wealth of expertise to the position.

“If you’ve done well in business in the Chicago region, you owe some of your success to the Metropolitan Planning Council,” said Buck. “This group has been a champion of quality education, more efficient freight transportation, and housing opportunities … all essential ingredients of a world-class business environment.”

All newly elected Board members will serve three-year terms. Officers and Executive Committee members will serve for two years.

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