President and CEO

President and CEO

Metropolitan Planning Council

Chicago, IL   |   July 2, 2021

About Metropolitan Planning Council

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

Over its 86 year-history, MPC has been driven to make the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges.

The Opportunity

MPC is seeking a dynamic, bold, dedicated and visionary leader to chart its future course as its President & CEO.

The President & CEO will lead the organization into its next phase of impact for the region and beyond. A key aspect of the role will be guiding MPC’s strategic vision and ensuring this vision is centered upon equity. They will have overall strategic, operational, financial and managerial responsibility for MPC. They will clearly measure results and articulate MPC’s impact among a variety of audiences and constituents.

This executive will be an excellent manager, one who will be able to grow community partnerships and strengthen coalitions locally, regionally, and nationally; expand funding streams and revenues; bolster a diverse, inclusive, creative and results-focused organizational culture; attract, lead and mentor exceptional talent; promote professional staff development; and thoughtfully elevate MPC’s brand in Chicago and beyond.

This executive will evaluate and implement strategies, initiatives and solutions, continuously improving processes and infrastructure to address existing and emerging challenges. Serving as the primary ambassador and spokesperson for MPC, the President & CEO will spend substantial time communicating with and developing trusting relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alison Ranney, Steve Edwards, Tiara Muse and Alison Salisbury are leading this search.

To make recommendations or to express interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read and download the Position Profile here.