Lynnette McRae - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Lynnette McRae

Lynnette joined MPC in March of 2017. She is a community development practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in project management and supporting local efforts at comprehensive community revitalization across the country. As a Manager, her work centers around the regional intersections of housing, community development, transit oriented development and equity, including the L-Evated Chicago Initiative and the Cost of Segregation project.

Prior to MPC, Lynnette spent more than 8 years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she led federal implementation efforts around the White House Promise Zones and Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiatives. She held various roles during her time at HUD, from policy development to grantmaking, and coordinating and delivering technical assistance to communities.  Lynnette has also worked within the nonprofit sector, local government and for U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Lynnette is a native of the Chicago-area, has received degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Michigan, and is passionate about empowering youth and traveling.


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Lynnette McRae Manager
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Areas of expertise

Community development and engagement

Collective impact

Place-based community revitalization 

Community capacity building and technical assistance

Affordable housing policy


M.S.W. and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development, University of Michigan

B.A. in Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

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