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Executive Advisors

Influential Leaders Unite For A Stronger Chicago Region

MPC’s Executive Advisors is a prestigious executive-level membership group focused on connecting corporate and civic leaders to the issues that matter most to the Chicago region. This group was launched in 2002 by a former Northern Trust leader, Bill Osborn, who identified the enormous opportunity in uniting influential executives in conversation around transformative civic change.

The Executive Advisors’ breadth of expertise, entrepreneurialism, and stewardship of resources empower dynamic thought leadership and action on issues that need the most attention in our region. These issues range from the global economic climate to local transportation policy, from the region’s shortage of affordable housing to the power of visionary development, from reducing the barriers to equitable development near transit to ensuring safe drinking water systems for all. In short, MPC’s Executive Advisors drive civic change that’s fair for everyone. 

Shared Expertise and Vision Make a Significant Impact

Executive Advisors share their unique leadership perspectives to help shape the economic and civic vibrancy of the Chicago region. These unique perspectives bring value and depth to each critical issue. Executive Advisors share their expert opinions from such fields as real estate development, corporate finance, law, tech, community-centered entrepreneurialism, communications, and more. These important perspectives create dynamic conversations around equitable civic change.  

Executive Advisor Membership Benefits

Executive Advisor membership includes corporate and civic leaders who are interested in using their voices to influence and promote change in the Chicago region. As they share resources and ideas, Executive Advisors benefit from group membership in the following ways:

  • Visibility. Executive Advisors and their companies will be listed on MPC letterhead, named in MPC’s Annual Report, on the MPC website, and identified in materials distributed to corporate partners and donors.
  • Connections. Executive Advisors receive exclusive invitations to participate in conversations featuring notable civic and business leaders.
  • Access. Executive Advisors have access to all MPC events, workshops, panels, and seminars.
  • Knowledge. Executive Advisors receive private issue briefings, round-table discussions, and executive-level meetings with dynamic leaders, and MPC experts on timely topics.

Executive Advisor Membership Commitment

An Executive Advisor membership is an investment in the future of the Chicago region.

  • Executive Advisors make a $15,000 annual investment to support MPC’s partnership with communities, businesses, and governments. This investment guarantees a place to provide thought leadership that will influence and guide MPC’s work to improve the Chicago region.
  • There are no required meetings or time commitments. Rather, Executive Advisors are encouraged to meet when available to engage in thought-inducing conversations that help drive MPC’s work.

Current Executive Advisors

Carol Bernick

Chief Executive Officer, Polished Nickel Capital Management LLC

John L. Bucksbaum

Chief Executive OfficerBucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC

Jonathan C. Bunge

Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

David R. Casper

U.S. CEOBMO Financial Group

Robert M. Chapman

Chief Executive OfficerCenterPoint Properties Trust

Keating Crown

Managing PrincipalSterling Bay

Marsha Cruzan

Regional President, U.S. Bank

Robert Frentzel

Managing Director & Co-Head of Commercial BankingCIBC U.S.

John S. Gates, Jr.

Executive Chairman, TradeLane Properties, LLC

Nancy S. Gerrie

J. Marshall Peck

President, InterPark Holdings LLC

Mark G. Sander

President & CEOOld National Bancorp

Katherine M. Scherer

Managing DirectorDeloitte LLP

Scott Swanson

President, PNC Illinois 

Stephan B. Tanda

President & CEO, AptarGroup, Inc.


Champion Fighter Award recipient (2019) John Rowe, Frank Clark, and Executive Advisor Scott Swanson

Executive Advisor Carol Bernick during an MPC presentation

Executive Advisor Ari Glass on a Chicago boat tour with MPC

For more information on joining this exclusive group, contact:
Steven Quispe
Manager of Donor Relations

Executive Advisors Overview (printable PDF)

This page can be found online at http://www.metroplanning.org/people/executive-advisors/index.html

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