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Board of Governors

Executive Committee officers


Ellen Carnahan

Principal, Machrie Enterprises LLC

Vice Chair

Ann M. Drake

Chairman, DSC Logistics

Vice Chair, Development

James P. Stirling

Senior Advisor, UBS

Vice Chair, Development


Paul C. Carlisle

Executive Vice President, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Vice Chair, Government Relations

Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II

Managing Director and Principal, Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.


Bruce W. Taylor

Vice ChairmanMB Financial Bank, N.A.

Immediate Past Chair

Todd C. Brown



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 & U.S. Channels, BMO Financial Group

Carol Ross Barney

Founder & President, Ross Barney Architects, Inc.

*Matthew Brewer

PartnerBartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP 

Carole Brown

Chief Change Management & Risk OfficerPNC

Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D.

President, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

Jack Catlin

Partner, LCM Architects

Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau, Ph.D.

PresidentPececa, Ltd.

Eileen Chin

PresidentR.M. Chin & Associates

Chris Conley

Founder, Two Bit Ventures, LLC

Lester Crown

Chairman, Henry Crown & Company

Francesca DeBiase

Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability OfficerMcDonald's

Zena Diggs

Senior Vice PresidentBank of America

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, Chicago Deferred Exchange Company

Andy Hesselbach

Vice President - Construction, Peoples Gas

**Laurie A. Holmes

Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Charles R. Kaiser

General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Edelman

Christopher J. King

President, Robinson Engineering Ltd.

Martha Linsley

Executive DirectorMorgan Stanley

Laritza Lopez

Founder & CEOPurple Group

Bernard Loyd

President, Urban Juncture, Inc.

Mary K. Ludgin

Managing Director, Head of Global Research, Heitman LLC

James E. Mann

Lee M. Mitchell

Managing Partner, Thoma Bravo, Inc. 

Matthew Moog

CEO, PowerReviews

David Mook

Chief Private Banking Officer, U.S. Bank

*Juan G. Moreno

President, JGMA, Ltd.

Sameer Patel

PartnerHolland & Knight

J. Scot Pepper

Executive Vice President, Pepper Construction Company

Julian G. Posada

Chief Operating and Enterprise Officer, The Resurrection Project

George A. Ranney, Jr.

Former President & CEO, Metropolis Strategies

Matthew R. Reilein

President & CEO, National Equity Fund

Robert Reiter

President, Chicago Federation of Labor

Shawn Riegsecker

Founder & CEO, Centro

Alana Ward Robinson

President & CEO, Robinson Group Consulting, Inc.

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

PartnerFaegre Baker Daniels

Unmi Song

President & SecretaryLloyd A. Fry Foundation

Tyronne Stoudemire

Vice President, Global Diversity & InclusionHyatt Hotels 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 & Large Customer SolutionsComEd

*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 Counsel, 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.

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