Committees - Metropolitan Planning Council

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

Housing & Community Development
Land Use and Planning 
Water Resources
Effective Government 

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

Ciere Boatright

Amy Khare

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 Ciere Boatright, Vice President of Real Estate and Community Development, CRG, Amy Khare, Research Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, and Pamela Daniels-Halisi, Managing Director of Community Development Lending, BMO Harris Bank. MPC staff liaison for this committee is Kendra Freeman, Vice President.  

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

Forrest D. Bailey
Draper and Kramer, Inc.

David E. Baker
America's Urban Campus

Chester Bell
U.S. Bank 

Ciere Boatright, Co-Chair

Matthew Brewer
Bartlit Beck LLP            

Lee Brown
Teska Associates, Inc.

Todd Brown

Andre Brumfield

Lissette Castañeda

Pamela Daniels-Halisi, Co-Chair
BMO Harris Bank

Nedra Sims Fears
Greater Chatham Initiative

Kendra Freeman, Staff Liaison 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Andy E. Geer
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Veronica Gonzalez
The NHP Foundation 

Linda Goodman
Goodman Williams Group

King Harris 
Harris Holdings Inc. 

Juanita Irizarry
Friends of the Parks 

Amy Khare, Co-Chair 
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.

Wyllys Mann 
MVAH Partners LLC

Robert E. Miller
Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.

Bob Palmer 
Housing Action Illinois

Sameer Patel
Holland & Knight LLP

Matthew R. Reilein
National Equity Fund, Inc.

Pete Saunders
Village of Richton Park 

Bruce W. Taylor
Taylor Investment Partners

Stacie Young
The Preservation Compact 

Land Use and Planning   

Alejandra Garza

Paul Carlisle

Through the improvement of current processes focusing on better planning and land-use decisions, local governments and agencies can actively chart the region’s future and determine investments to prioritize, based on agreed-upon goals and objectives, that can catalyze inclusive and sustainable economic growth. This committee will advise on the advocacy framework and research needed to understand how land-use policy shapes development and what is needed to align land use and planning challenges and solutions into a comprehensive vision.

This committee is co-chaired by Alejandra Garza, founder and President, AGG Consulting and Paul Carlisle, Executive Vice President, Wintrust Commercial BankingMPC staff liaison for this committee is Christina Harris, Director of Land Use and Planning. 

Paola Aguirre
Borderless Studio

Jaime Arteaga
Local Initiatives Support Corporation 

Adam Ballard 

Philip Beckham
P3 Markets 

Paul Carlisle, Co-Chair
Wintrust Commercial Banking 

Janet Chess
IBM Global Markets

Ellen C. Craig 

Fernando De Maio 
DePaul University

Zena Diggs 
Bank of America  

Maria Ferrera
DePaul University

Ghian Foreman 
Emerald South

Alejandra Garza, Co-Chair
AGG Consulting

Meleah Geerstma 
Natural Resources Defense Council 

Linda Goodman
Goodman Williams Group

Shubhra Govind
Village of Hanover Park

Christina Harris, Staff Liaison 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Vanessa Harris
Strategy for Access Foundation NFP

Juanita Irizarry

Friends of the Parks 

Rebecca Judd 
Donnelley Foundation

Thomas C. Kirschbraun
Jones Lang LaSalle

Kindy Kruller
MUSE Community + Design

Sarah Langeliers

Mary Ludgin 

James Mann

Erica Marquez Avitia 
Old Mission Capital LLC

Zorica Nedovic-Budic
UIC, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Daryl Newell

Cathleen O'Brien
Access Living 

Scot Pepper
Pepper Construction

Julian Posada
LiftUp Enterprises

Anjulie Rao 
American Institute of Architects 

Rob Reuland
Site Design 

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala
Legal & General Investment Management America

Carol Ross Barney
Ross Barney Architects 

Traci Sanders
Illinois Housing Development Authority 

Elizabeth Scott 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Dawveed Scully

Anton Seals 
Grow Greater Englewood

Paul Shadle 
DLA Piper

Raj Shah
Rush University 

David Siegel
Sidley Austin LLP

Unmi Song 
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation 

Will Tippens
Related Midwest

Michael Toolis 

Steven Vance 
Map Strategies 

Kimberly Wasserman Nieto
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization


Tom Kotarac

Paula Worthington

Manny Flores

Mobility is a human right. Universal access to a multimodal, affordable, safe, reliable and efficient transportation system is a necessary condition to exercising that right. In our region, transportation plays a key role in economic and environmental sustainability. The Metropolitan Planning Council’s transportation program uses research and advocacy to sustain and improve that system, while ensuring that mobility outcomes are equitable across race, age, income and disability. The Metropolitan Planning Council Transportation Committee supports MPC staff with information, expertise, and professional connections.

This committee is co-chaired by Tom Kotarac, Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, Civic Committee, Paula Worthington, Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago- Harris School, and Manny Flores, CEO & President, SomerCor. MPC staff liaison for this committee is Audrey Wennink, Director of Transportation. 

William Abolt 

Felip Ballesteros
Purple Group

Kyle Barnett
BMO Harris Bank

Dionne Baux
National Main Street Center, Inc.

Kristi DeLaurentiis 
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Ann Drake

Cindy Fish
Fish Transportation Group 

Manny Flores, Co-Chair

Jackie Forbes
Kane County Division of Transportation

James Franczek
Franczek P.C.

Jacques Gordon
LaSalle Investment Management

Jessica Hector-Hsu
Regional Transportation Authority

Sidney Kenyon
DuPage County Division
of Transportation

Tom Kotarac, Co-Chair 
Civic Committee of the Commercial
Club of Chicago

Martha Linsley
Obama Foundation

Lynda Lopez
Active Transportation Alliance

Kate Lowe
University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA

Neil McMonagle
Ernst & Young LLP

David Mook
US Bank

Thomas H. Morsch 
Morsch Expeditions

Barbara Padilla
LCM Architects

J. Scot Pepper
Pepper Construction

Paula Pienton
T.Y. Lin International, Inc. 

Oboi Reed

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

Carol Ross Barney
Ross Barney Architects

Emily Tapia-Lopez 

Erik Varela
Union Pacific Railroad

Audrey Wennink, Staff Liaison
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Mae C. Whiteside
CKL Engineers

Laura Wilkison
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Paula Wolff
Illinois Justice Project 

Paula Worthington, Co-Chair 
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Jon Zabrocki
Robinson Engineering

Water Resources  

Chuck Kaiser

Manju Sharma

Suzanne Malec-McKenna

Northeastern Illinois’ proximity to the abundant resources of the Great Lakes and access to multiple rivers and underground aquifers mean that we generally enjoy ample water. While our region’s water assets are considerable, they are also finite—in the case of Lake Michigan, governed by a Supreme Court Decree—and are facing a multitude of challenges due to infrastructure age, fragmented system management, and potential contamination. As climate change advances, shorter duration but increasingly intense and more frequent storm events—much of which cannot infiltrate nor evapotranspirate because of storm intensity and urban land use decisions—overwhelm stormwater infrastructure which is undersized and aging. The result is negative impacts for humans, aquatic ecosystems, and the ecosystem services they provide from Chicago to the Mississippi River and beyond. These realities jeopardize both public health and economic growth.

In response to these challenges, the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Water Resources program uses research, advocacy, education and technical assistance to: 1) ensure clean, equitable and abundant drinking water; 2) prevent flooding and improve water quality; 3) facilitate and encourage stewardship of our natural assets; and 4) foster social, economic and environmental benefits within communities.The Metropolitan Planning Council’s Water Resources Committee supports these efforts through information, expertise, guidance, and professional connections.

 This committee is co-chaired by Chuck Kaiser, General Manager, CommsTech, Edelman, Manju Sharma, Senior Vice President, SPAAN TECH, and Suzanne Malec-McKenna. MPC staff liaison for this committee is Ryan Wilson, Manager of Water Resources

Amrou Atassi
CDM Smith

Nora Beck
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

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

Ellen Carnahan
Machrie Enterprises LLC

Anna-Lisa Castle
Alliance of the Great Lakes 

Carolyn Grieves
Baxter & Woodman 

Alaina Harkness

Chuck Kaiser, Co-Chair

Genese Leach 
Grand Victoria Foundation

Edith Makra
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Co-Chair

James E. Mann

Andy Martin
Greeley & Hansen

Paul May
Northwest Suburban Municipal JAWA

Peter Mulvaney

Cristina Negri

Jeremy Orr
Natural Resources Defense Council

Margaret Schneemann
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Sabina Shaikh
University of Chicago

Manju Sharma, Co-Chair

Mike Thomas

Ryan Wilson, MPC Staff Liaison 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Effective Government  

Hill Hammock

Alana Ward Robinson

Effective government is necessary for every individual to thrive. Effective is more than a measure of efficiency, but also entails accountability, innovation and openness to being shaped by active, informed residents. Moreover, government structures are not monoliths, but must adapt and change to meet the needs of society, the economy and our ecosystems.

MPC’s Effective Government program enhances the capacity of local units of government throughout Chicagoland to operate effectively, innovate and evolve. MPC’s work includes researching and communicating the ramifications of Illinois’ overwhelming number of government bodies and advocating for government streamlining measures that won’t compromise services for residents.

MPC’s Effective Government Committee supports MPC staff with information, expertise, guidance, and professional connections to achieve the goals of this program.

 This committee is co-chaired by Hill Hammock, Chair of the Cook County Health Board, and Alana Ward Robinson, President, Robinson Group Consulting, Inc. MPC staff liaisons for this committee is Dan Cooper, Director of Research and Justin Williams, Policy Manager.

Bill Balling

Christina Burns
Village of Oswego

Eileen Chin
R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.

Chris Conley 
Two Bit Ventures, LLC

Dan Cooper, MPC Staff Liaison 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Mayor Rodney Craig
Village of Hanover Park

Bob Dean
Center for Neighborhood Technology 

Robert V. Fitzsimmons, II 
Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc.

Mark Fowler
Northwest Municipal Conference

Shubhra Govind
Village of Hanover Park

Hill Hammock, Co-Chair 
Cook County Health Board

Lindsay Hollander
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Bo Kemp 
Southland Development Authority

Martha Linsley

Joseph Mancino
Greensigns LLC

Michael Pagano
University of Illinois at Chicago, CUPPA

Heather Parish
Pierce Family Foundation

Alana Ward Robinson, Co-Chair 
Robinson Group Consulting, Inc.

Mayor Sergio Rodriguez
Village of Summit

Sabina Shaikh
University of Chicago

David Silverman
Ancel Glink

Regan Stockstell
Village of Richton Park

Justin Williams, MPC Staff Liaison 
Metropolitan Planning Council 

Paula Wolff 
Illinois Justice Project 

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