Committees - Metropolitan Planning Council

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MPC’s policy development, implementation and advocacy work is informed by three issue-oriented committees:

Housing & Community Development
Sensible Growth 
Regional Planning & Investments

The purpose of the committees is to provide leadership and counsel on work plan activities, policy formation, outreach, and other activities that advance short and long-term goals of the organization.

Housing & Community Development

Matthew Brewer

Pamela Daniels-Halisi

This committee focuses on policies and projects that address inequities in affordable housing provision and investments in community development across the region. This includes expanding affordable housing opportunities in job-rich areas, revitalizing disinvested communities through strategies to increase economic competitiveness, and pursuing more efficient and equitable allocation of government (municipal, state, public housing authority) resources to provide individuals with greater choice in where to live and work.

This committee is co-chaired by Matthew Brewer, Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, and Pamela Daniels-Halisi, Managing Director of Community Development Lending, BMO Harris Bank. MPC staff liaison for this committee are Kendra Freeman, Director of Community Engagement.  


Bennett Applegate
Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.

Forrest D. Bailey
Draper and Kramer

David E. Baker

Betsy Benito
Corporation for Supportive Housing

Matthew Brewer, Co-Chair 
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP 

Eva Brown 
U.S. Bank 

Todd Brown 

Lee Brown
Teska Associates, Inc.

Andre Brumfield

Paul C. Carlisle
Wintrust Financial Corporation

Chris Conley 
Two Bit Ventures, LLC

Pamela Daniels-Halisi, Co-Chair
BMO Harris Bank

Kendra Freeman, Staff Liason 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Andy E. Geer
Enterprise Community Investments

Jodi Gingiss
Lake County

Linda Goodman
Goodman Williams Group

King Harris 
Harris Holdings Inc. 

Juanita Irizarry
Friends of the Parks 

Amy Khare
National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at Case Western Reserve University

Peter Levavi
Brinshore Development LLC

Laritza Lopez 
Purple Group

Bernard Loyd
Urban Juncture, Inc.

Robert E. Miller
Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.

Delores Ponce de Leon
Latino Policy Forum

Matthew R. Reilein
Cresset Partners

Pete Saunders
City of Calumet and Forbes 

Bruce W. Taylor
MB Financial Bank, N.A. 

Mary W. Vasys
Vasys Consulting Ltd.

Stacie Young
The Preservation Compact

Sensible Growth 

Monica Chadha

Chris King

This committee focuses on policies and projects at the nexus of built and natural environment that encourage compact growth, mixed-use, pedestrianism, and incorporation of open and public spaces, infill, multi-modal travel options and climate-resilient communities. This includes promoting and using a broader and more innovative set of regulatory and financial tools at the regional and local level to foster sensible growth, as well as promoting the social, economic, and environmental benefits of increased planning and better design.

This committee is co-chaired by Monica Chadha, Founder, Civic Projects LLC, and Chris King, PE, SE, President, Robinson Engineering Ltd. MPC staff liaisons for this committee are Sarah Cardona, Manager, and Josh Ellis, Vice President


Ray Bell
Faith in Place

Monique Brinkman-Hill

Christopher B. Burke
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.

haron Bush 
Grand Victoria Foundation 

Monica Chadha, Co-chair 
Civic Projects LLC 

Ellen C. Craig

Josh Ellis, Staff Liason 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Alejandra Garza
AGG Consulting 

Meleah Geerstma 
Natural Resources Defense Council 

Adolfo Hernandez
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation 

Janelle Johnson
Omni Ecosystems

Chris King, Co-chair
Robinson Engineering Ltd. 

Thomas C. Kirschbraun
Jones Lang LaSalle

Sarah Langeliers

Lynda Lopez
Streetsblog Chicago

Suzanne Malec-McKenna
Chicago Wilderness

James E. Mann

Luis Montgomery 
2IM Group, LLC 

Heather Parish
Pierce Family Foundation 

Donovan W. Pepper
Walgreen Co.

John Poth 
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Carol Ross Barney 
Ross Barney Architects, Inc. 

Sabina Shaikh
University of Chicago

David Siegel
Sidley Austin LLP

Michael Thomas
The Allstate Corporation

Michael A. Toolis

Kimberly Wasserman Nieto
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Regional Planning & Investments

Andrew Hesselbach

Michael A. Pagano

This committee focuses on policies and major projects that address the region’s economic competitiveness, focusing on coordinated planning, financing tools and revenue, and strategic investments. This includes maximizing the use of existing infrastructure, promoting smarter spending, and managing transportation demand.

This committee is co-chaired by Andrew Hesselbach, Vice President of Construction, Peoples Gas, and, Michael A. Pagano, Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA), University of Illinois at Chicago. MPC staff liaisons for this committee are Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation, and Jeremy Glover, Associate


William Abolt 

Kyle Barnett
BMO Harris Bank

Dionne Baux
National Main Street Center, Inc.

Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau, Ph.D.

Francesca DeBiase

Kristi DeLaurentiis 
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Cindy Fish
Fish Transportation Group

Robert Fitzimmons 
Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc. 

Bernard J. Ford

Ghian Foreman
Greater Southwest Development Corporation

Jeremy Glover, Staff Liaison
Metropolitan Planning Council 

James Franczek
Franczek Radelet P.C.

Jacques N. Gordon
LaSalle Investments Management

Andrew Hesselbach, Co-Chair
Peoples Gas 

Tom Kotarac
Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

Vig Krishnamurthy
Ford Smart Mobility 

Jill Leary
Regional Transportation Authority

Kate Lowe
University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA

Peter Malecek
Bank of America

Neil McMonagle
Ernst & Young LLP

Thomas H. Morsch 
Public Financial Management Group 

Michael A. Pagano, Co-Chair
University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA

Savi Pai
JPMorgan Chase

J. Scot Pepper
Pepper Construction Company  

Paula Pienton
T.Y. Lin International, Inc. 

Robert G. Reiter
Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Amalia Rioja
Baker & McKenzie

Stephen E. Schlickman
Schlickman & Associates 

Paul W. Shadle
DLA Piper

Smita Shah
SPAAN Tech, Inc.

James P. Stirling

Emily Tapia-Lopez 
HNTB Corporation 

Audrey Wennink, Staff Liaison
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Laura Wilkison
Metro Strategies

Paula Wolff
Illinois Justice Project 

Paula Worthington
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Erik Varela
Union Pacific Railroad

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