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Board of Governors

Executive Committee officers


Paul C. Carlisle

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

Vice Chair / Immediate Past Chair

Melissa Y. Washington

Senior Vice President of Customer OperationsComEd

Vice Chair, Development

Kyle Barnett

Head of Corporate Strategy and Enterprise Transformation, BMO Financial Group


Ramiro J. Atristaín-Carrión

Managing Director, Atristain Financial Advisors, LLC

General Counsel

David L. Williams

Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

President & CEO

Darlene Oliver Hightower

Metropolitan Planning Council

Board of Governors members

* denotes Executive Committee members

Erica Marquez Avitia

Chief Operating Officer, Old Mission Capital, LLC

Carol Ross Barney

Founder & President, Ross Barney Architects, Inc.

*Meena Beyers

Vice President of Business and Community Development, Nicor Gas

Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D.

CEO, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Eileen Chin

President & CEOR.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.

Lester Crown

Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Polly Eldringhoff

Vice President - Operational Performance and CompliancePeoples Gas

Nedra Sims Fears

Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative

*Manuel Flores

President & CEO, SomerCor

Alejandra Garza

Principal, AGG Consulting, Inc.

Janet R. González Tudor

Transportation Operational Resiliency DirectorHDR

Linda Goodman

Principal, Goodman Williams Group

Laritza Lopez

Founder & CEOPurpleGroup

Bernard Loyd

President, Urban Juncture, Inc.

James E. Mann

David Mook

Chief Private Banking Officer, U.S. Bank

Daryl Newell

Senior Vice President, Market Manager, PNC

Sameer Patel

PartnerManatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

*Julian G. Posada

President & CEO, LiftUp Enterprises

Elle Ramel

Director, GET Cities Chicago

George A. Ranney, Jr.

*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.

Unmi Song

PresidentLloyd A. Fry Foundation

Bruce W. Taylor

Managing Partner, Taylor Investment Partners II

Michael A. Thomas

Vice President, Administration & Real Estate, Allstate Insurance Company

*Jessica Droste Yagan

Partner & CEO, Impact Engine

Honorary Board members

Laurence O. Booth 
Principal/Director, Booth Hansen

Joseph A. Gregoire
Senior Vice President, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Donald Haider 
Professor Emeritus of Strategy, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

King Harris
Chairman, Harris Holdings Inc.

John M. McDonough

Former Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Priscilla A. (Pam) Walter
Walter Law Offices

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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