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Board of Governors

Executive Committee officers

Chair

Melissa Y. Washington

Vice President External & Large Customer SolutionsComEd

Vice Chair, Development

Paul C. Carlisle

Chief Operating Officer
Market Head - Commercial Banking,
 Wintrust Financial Corporation

Vice Chair, Development

Lee M. Mitchell

Managing Partner, Thoma Bravo, Inc.

Vice Chair, Development

James P. Stirling

Senior Advisor, UBS

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

Ellen Carnahan

Principal, Machrie Enterprises LLC

President

MarySue Barrett

Metropolitan Planning Council


Board of Governors members

* denotes Executive Committee members

**General Counsel

*Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión

Managing Director, Atristain Financial Advisors, LLC

Erica Marquez Avitia

Chief Operating Officer, Old Mission Capital, LLC

Kyle Barnett

Head, North American Physical Channels & US Channels, BMO Financial Group

Carol Ross Barney

Founder & President, Ross Barney Architects, Inc.

Ciere Boatright

Vice President of Real Estate and InclusionChicago Neighborhood Initiatives 

*Matthew Brewer

PartnerBartlit Beck LLP 

Carole Brown

Head of Asset Management GroupPNC

Todd C. Brown

Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D.

President, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Janet Chess

Vice President, Strategic PartnershipsIBM Global Markets

Eileen Chin

PresidentR.M. Chin & Associates

Chris Conley

Founder, Two Bit Ventures, LLC

Lester Crown

Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Francesca DeBiase

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain OfficerMcDonald's

Zena Diggs

Senior Vice PresidentBank of America

Nedra Sims Fears

Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative

Manuel Flores

President & CEO, SomerCor

James C. Franczek, Jr.

President, Franczek Radelet P.C.

Linda Goodman

Principal, Goodman Williams Group

*Jacques N. Gordon

Global Investment StrategistLaSalle Investment Management

M. Hill Hammock

Chairman, Cook County Health & Hospital System

Andy Hesselbach

Senior Vice President - Illinois Operations, WEC Energy Group

Charles R. Kaiser

General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Edelman

Martha Linsley

Executive DirectorMorgan Stanley

Laritza Lopez

Founder & CEOPurpleGroup

Bernard Loyd

President, Urban Juncture, Inc.

Mary K. Ludgin

Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Research, Heitman LLC

James E. Mann

David Mook

Chief Private Banking Officer, U.S. Bank

Daryl Newell

President, Seaway Bank

Sameer Patel

PartnerHolland & Knight

J. Scot Pepper

President, Pepper Construction Company

*Julian G. Posada

President, LiftUp Enterprises

George A. Ranney, Jr.

Former President & CEO, Metropolis Strategies

*Matthew R. Reilein

President & CEO, National Equity Fund

Robert G. Reiter, Jr.

President, Chicago Federation of Labor

Alana Ward Robinson

President & CEO, Robinson Group Consulting, Inc.

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

General Council and Chief Compliance OfficerLegal & General Investment America

Unmi Song

President & SecretaryLloyd A. Fry Foundation

Michael A. Thomas

Vice President, Administration & Real Estate, The Allstate Corporation

Mary White Vasys

President, Vasys Consulting Ltd.

**David L. Williams

Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

*Paula Wolff

Director, Illinois Justice Project

*Jessica Droste Yagan

CEO, Impact Engine


Honorary Board members

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 M. McDonough
Former Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Priscilla A. (Pam) Walter
Of CounselFaegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Board Members in action at MPC!

Board member Carol Ross Barney (Ross Barney Architects, Inc.) (left) and MPC Board Vice Chair Ann Drake (DSC Logistics) (right) enjoy the views during MPC's Chicago River Boat Tour in November 2018. 

Former Board Chair and current Board member, Todd Brown, delivers remarks at the 2018 Annual Luncheon.

Board member Melissa Washington (ComEd) and Board Vice Chair of Development Paul Carlisle (Wintrust) participate in a panel on racial equity at our 2018 Our Equitable Future event. 

MPC Board Treasurer Bruce Taylor (MB Financial Bank, N.A.) (left), Board Vice Chair of Development Jim Stirling (UBS) (middle), and a guest enjoy the Chicago River on a glass-topped boat tour in November 2018.
MPC Board Chair Ellen Carnahan (Machrie Enterprises LLC) (far left), President MarySue Barrett (middle left), and guests take in views on a Chicago River Boat Tour.
Raj Chetty and Jessica Droste Yagan
2019 Annual Luncheon speaker and MacArthur Genius Raj Chetty and Board and Executive Committee member Jessica Droste Yagan (Impact Engine) at our 2019 Annual Luncheon.
Matthew Brewer and Dan Cooper
Board and Executive Committee member Matthew Brewer (Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP) and MPC Research Director Daniel Cooper at a 2019 Board Meeting.
Laritza Lopez and Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión
Board member Laritza Lopez (Purple Group) and Board and Executive Committee member Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión (Atristain Financial Advisors, LLC) on our 2019 Chicago Rivet Boat Tour.

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