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André Ashmore

Senior Advisor to the Director-Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Non-Voting Appointment

André B. Ashmore, currently the Senior Advisor to the Director at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity was named to the CMAP Board by Governor Pat Quinn.  André previously served as Deputy Secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation and as the Director of Local Government Affairs in the Governor's Office where he was responsible for all outreach activities related to local, township, and county governments throughout Illinois. André was the Deputy Director of Regional Outreach at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity prior to joining the Governor's staff.  The Office of Regional Outreach is responsible for creating and overseeing a multitude of economic development projects statewide.  André also served as Governor Quinn's Chief Liaison for the 2010 Census to ensure a complete Census count for the State of Illinois.

André is a graduate of the The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. In addition to his law degree, André holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. André is also an Adjunct Professor of Business and Public Administration at Governors State University in University Park, IL where he teaches in the MPA and MBA programs. Additionally, from 2001-2008 André served as a Village Trustee in the Village of Matteson and since 2008 has served as Village President of Matteson

Rita Athas

Senior Advisor to the Board-World Business Chicago
Representing the City of Chicago

Rita Athas, now Senior Advisor on the Board of Directors for World Business Chicago, served as its president from December 2007 through May 2013, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization and with input from the private-sector board developed its strategic direction.  Athas came to the economic development corporation after having served as Mayor Richard M. Daley's deputy chief of staff for external affairs for 10 years.  She was an executive director of the Northwest Municipal Conference, a 1988-89 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and now serves as the co-chair of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council and the board of Metropolis Strategies, Advisory Board for Chicago Sister Cities, and the Metropolitan Planning Council.  She is a member of the Economic Club and Executive Club as well as the Chicago Council for Global Affairs.  Athas was awarded an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College, earned an MPA from Northern Illinois University and a BA degree from Elmhurst.  She was a former NIPC Commissioner, worked with the Regional Task Force that created CMAP, and served as an original member of its Board from October 2005 to January 2009.

Frank Beal

Executive Director, Metropolis Strategies (formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020)
Representing the City of Chicago

Frank Beal has held the position of Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies (formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020) since 2000.

Previously with Inland Steel Industries, Beal served as president and chief executive officer of Ryerson/West, a metals distribution company owned by Inland. He also held the positions of general manager of corporate planning and development and president of Ryerson International (an operating unit of Inland Steel Industries) and general manager of purchasing for Inland Steel Company.

Prior to joining Inland, Beal was director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and a special assistant for energy and environmental affairs for Governor James Thompson.  Under Governor Richard Ogilvie, Beal served as the state's first deputy director of the Institute for Environmental Quality, which conducts research on energy, natural resources and environmental issues for the state.

As a former employee of the American Planning Association, he has edited and published several books, articles and research reports on urban affairs and land use planning.

Beal serves on the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law and policy center dedicated to social justice issues.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Daley as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Beal serves both the Waste Water Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

Beal graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's degree in urban planning and has a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Antioch College.

Gerald Bennett

Mayor, City of Palos Hills 
Representing Southwest Cook County 

Serving his seventh term as Mayor of the City of Palos Hills, Gerald Bennett has been an outspoken advocate for uniting cities and villages. He founded and continues to serve as the President of the Southwest Conference of Mayors.  He was a co-founder and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Central Dispatch (an intergovernmental police and fire 911 service).  Bennett has served as past Chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and is currently a member of the Mayors Caucus Executive Committee.  He is also the President of the Illinois Municipal League and was named co-chair of the Mayors Caucus 2016 Olympic Regional Coordinating Committee.  As the representative from Southwest Cook County, Bennett holds the position of Chair of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and its Executive Committee.

A businessman for 40 years, Bennett is President of Bennett Dental Labs, Inc., in Palos Hills.

Bennett attended Lewis University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Roger Claar

Mayor, Village of Bolingbrook 
Representing Will County 

Mayor Claar is now in his 22nd year as Mayor of the Village of Bolingbrook.  He was a Village Trustee for 5 ½ years and served one year as a Police and Fire Commissioner.  He continues to serve on the Illinois Municipal League Board (of which he is also a past president).  Mayor Claar has served on the National League of Cities' Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and was elected to the Board of Directors for 2 years.  He now serves on the NLC's Advisory Committee.  Claar served on the International Affair and Jobs/Education Committees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Currently, Claar is a Vice President of the Will County Government League and chairs its Transportation Committee.  He serves on the Council of Mayors.  He held the position of Chair of the DuPage Township Republican Organization in Will County for 14 years and now serves on the State Central Republican Committee representing the 13th Congressional District.

Cited with many awards, Claar is most proud of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Citizens of the Year Award from the Bolingbrook Knights of Columbus, the Award of Appreciation for Community Service from the Indo-American Political League, the Grand Asian Award the Friend of the Asian American Community Award from the Asian American Coalition of Chicago and the Crane Gargoyle for Precedent-Setting Advocacy from the Council for Disability Rights for his role in addressing "visitability" issues for Bolingbrook housing.

Representing Will County on the CMAP Board, Claar is also a member of the CMAP Waste Water Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

Claar has a Ph.D. from Kansas State University and obtained the Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Eastern Illinois University.

Elliott Harstein

Former President, Village of Buffalo Grove 
Representing Lake County 

The President of the Village of Buffalo Grove from 1999 to 2011, Hartstein has also served as a Village Trustee and Commissioner of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  He is a member of the Buffalo Grove Singers and Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce.  The founding President, he was a Board member of the Northwest Suburban Jewish Community Center, a former Board Member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and a former School Board Member of Adlai Stevenson High School District 125.  Hartstein has served on the Illinois Municipal League Legislative Committee, and currently as a Board member of the Illinois Municipal League.  He is an Executive Board Member and a past President of the Northwest Municipal Conference and also is a past Chair of the Conference's Transportation Committee and Sensible Growth Committees and past Legislative Committee Co-Chair, a committee on which he continues to serve.  He has served as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Board of Directors.  Representing Lake County, Hartstein is a member of the CMAP Board, serving on its Executive Committee as Vice-Chair and chairs its Regional Coordinating Committee.

A lawyer for over 30 years, Hartstein is currently with the firm of David Stolman & Associates with a concentration in real estate law.

Hartstein obtained the Juris Doctorate degree at DePaul University and the Bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Al Larson

President, Village of Schaumburg
Representing Northwest Cook County

Larson has served Schaumburg as Village President since 1987.  In that capacity, he initiated the development and adoption of concept plans for all the vacant land in the industrial/office/ commercial retail districts, establishing land use intensities (FARS), land use scenarios (office, commercial, retail, etc.) along with a traffic mitigation plan that would expand traffic network capacities to meet additional traffic load brought by such development.  He broadened the Village's cultural programming to include Schaumburg's Prairie Arts Festival, initiated efforts to develop a theatre workshop for young people that led to annual summer youth musicals, promoted development of the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, and pushed for the establishment of a youth ballet troupe that led to the founding of the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble.  He brought to the Village Manager and Village Board the initiative to acquire Schaumburg Airpark as a public airfield so it can be preserved as an asset for aviation, transportation, and long range economic development.  Larson has established cooperation with the Schaumburg Park District, securing them as co-equal partners in the acquisition process.  He initiated the Village's acquisition of Town Square Shopping Center to refocus its image as a vital part of developing a true "downtown" for the Village of Schaumburg, contacting the Schaumburg Township Library and the Schaumburg Park District to initiate the dialogue to establish their presence as part of Town Square's redevelopment.  He initiated acquisition of 45 acres for a Schaumburg convention center with a 500-room Marriott Renaissance Hotel and brought baseball to Schaumburg with the Schaumburg Flyers along with a drop-dead beautiful baseball stadium.

Larson has served as past President of the Northwest Municipal Conference, Vice President of the Illinois Municipal League, Member of DuPage Mayor's and Manager's Board, PACE Board of Directors, Chair of Joint Action Water Agency, Member of O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, Board of Directors of Illinois Public Airports Association, Council of Mayors Executive Board, Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee for the National League of Cities, co-chair of the STAR Line Steering Committee and Governor's Climate Change Advisory Group. Representing Northwest Cook County, Larson is a member of the CMAP Board and serves both the Executive Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.

Larson is a graduate of William Rainey Harper College and attended Illinois Institute of Technology.

Lisa Laws

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago

Lisa Laws, a City of Chicago representative to the CMAP Board, is Deputy Chief Operating Officer in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  Born and raised in Hyde Park, Laws earned dual bachelor degrees in Physics at Xavier University of Louisiana and in Civil Engineering at Tulane University with the last civil engineering class in 2006.

Following graduation, Laws returned to Chicago and became an assistant project manager at McHugh Construction Company and then a structural designer with URS Corporation in 2008, while earning a graduate certificate in infrastructure engineering and management at the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Lisa dedicates her spare time to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Women in Science and Engineering (nsbeWISE), the Sisters 4 Science Program and Project SYNCERE.  In 2011 and 2012, Laws won the URS Pyramid Award of Excellence, for her outstanding community service and was selected as a URS emerging leader.  Also in 2012, Lisa was honored with the Tulane University Young Alumna Volunteer Award, and the WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.

Andrew Madigan

Senior Vice President
Mesirow Financial

Andrew Madigan is responsible for originating and managing the development of property/casualty and employee benefits programs as well as growing client relationships throughout Mesirow Financial.  He has broad experience working with various types of entities such as educational institutions, contractors, architects, and municipalities.  Before joining the insurance group, Andrew previously worked as a development manager in the Mesirow Financial Real Estate group.  During this time, he worked on all aspects of development including land planning, entitlements, construction, lease-out, and financing.  He worked on numerous projects that consisted of mixed-use, commercial, residential, and retail developments.  Prior to joining Mesirow, he worked for the Chicago White Sox in a variety of roles, including working in the purchasing, baseball, public relations/media relations, and ticket sales departments.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Emanuel as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Madigan is also a member of the Regional Coordinating Committee.  He is a member of the City Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Club of Chicago.  Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and resides in the City of Chicago.

Sean O'Shea

Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor of the State of Illinois
Non-voting Appointment

Sean O'Shea currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and assists the Governor in transportation-related matters.  Previously, Mr. O'Shea served as the Vice President and Counsel of Building America's Future, a bipartisan organization of mayors and governors dedicated to investing more in America's infrastructure. Mr. O'Shea was also as an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Projects Director and Legislative Assistant for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) from 2004 to 2007, a vice president at government relations firm, Cassidy & Associates, and served in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs as senior advisor to the cabinet secretary.

Mr. O'Shea received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from DePaul University and a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from American University Washington College of Law.  Mr. O'Shea is a native of Chicago, Illinois.

Raul Raymundo

Chief Executive Officer, the Resurrection Project 
Representing the City of Chicago 

Raul Raymundo is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of The Resurrection Project (TRP), a non-profit community based organization, founded in 1990 by a coalition of six Catholic churches.  TRP's mission is to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education and community development.  Under Raymundo's leadership, TRP has leveraged more than $140 million in community reinvestment through the development of affordable housing, community facilities and economic development projects.  Through its community organizing initiatives, TRP has also built the necessary power to create a voice and active civic participation of the neighborhood to effect policies for the benefit of the community.

Raymundo was recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of six Chicagoans of the Year for his outstanding leadership and civic engagement, he is a board member of several civic and professional organizations including the Executive Council of Chicago Metropolis 2020, Chicago Public Radio, Illinois Facility Fund, Ounce of Prevention Fund and St. Anthony Hospital.  Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Daley as one of five representatives from the City of Chicago, Raymundo is also a member of the Executive Committee and the Local Coordinating Committee.

Raymundo graduated from Carleton College, attended University of Chicago's Public Policy School and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

Leanne Redden

Acting Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority
Non-Voting Appointment

Leanne Redden has served  as acting executive director of RTA since March 2014.  Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Deputy Executive Director of Planning and managed the Planning Department that includes Strategic Planning & Policy, Regional Coordination, Local Planning and Programs, and Regional Accessibility.  Ms. Redden has been instrumental in developing Long Range Planning initiatives for the region's transit system including the Moving Beyond Congestion Plan and is a key player in the subsequent 2008 Funding Reform Legislation.  Under her leadership, the Planning Department completed the first Regional Market and Systems Analysis, and on-going initiatives such as Universal Open Fare Payment System and Bus Rapid Transit work including the region's first bus-on-shoulder service expected to begin November 2011.  Her group also led the development of the region's first Green Transit Plan.  Ms. Redden streamlined the Community and Local Planning Grant programs and focused work on plan implementation and transit improvement plans.  She also oversees the Enterprise GIS data system, the Regional Traveler Information and Mobility Management Programs and Travel Training Program and the region's ADA Paratransit Certification Program.

Prior to joining the RTA, from 2003 through 2005, she was the Chief of Planning at the Illinois Tollway, where she oversaw the Planning Department and was integral in developing the 2004 $5.3 billion dollar Congestion Relief Capital Plan and Open Road Tolling.  She was responsible for capital planning, traffic and revenue forecasting, public outreach and coordination.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Transportation for the Village of Schaumburg.

Ms. Redden is also active at the Regional Planning level.  She sits on CMAP's Board, and serves its Regional Coordinating Committee, the MPO Policy Committee and is Chair of CMAP's Transportation Committee.

Ms. Redden received her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors Degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  She has also received the professional designation of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Richard Reinbold

President, Village of Richton Park
Representing South Cook County 

Richard Reinbold, a Richton Park resident since 1952, has served as village president since 2001. Previously, he served as a village trustee from 1993-2001.   He is the owner of Reinbold Properties, general manager of Englund Properties, and president of the Chicago Cart Company.

President Reinbold serves on many boards, commissions and committees, including the Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus Terrorism Task Force (chairman), I-57 Corridor Council (chairman), South Suburban Airport Coalition Commission, Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (past-president, legislative committee chairman, executive committee, transportation committee), as well as others.

Reinbold is a founding member of the Richton Park Merchant's Chamber, a Key Communicator in Rich Township High School and a member of the Family and Youth Initiative Task Force.  In 2004, he received the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Award.  A veteran of the Vietnam War, Reinbold is a proud member of the American Legion and the VFW.

Representings South Cook County on the CMAP Board, Reinbold is also a member of the Local Coordinating Committee.

He is a graduate of Rich East High School and attended Southern Illinois University.  He is also a graduate of the Academy for Municipal Excellence at the University of Illinois.

William Rodeghier

President, Western Springs
Representing West Cook County

William Rodeghier is in his second term as Village President (2009 and 2013) and served as a trustee (2005) of the Village of Western Springs.  He is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial litigation in state and federal courts and represents clients in business disputes, real-estate and commercial transactions, contested estates and contract disputes.  He worked as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, served in the U.S. Army (Vietnam) and taught high school at Weber in Chicago.  Rodeghier is a graduate of IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, Loyola University and Quigley Preparatory Seminary North.  He is a member of VFW Post 10778 and the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations.  Rodeghier and his wife have lived in the Village of Western Springs for 36 years.  They have two children.

Rae Rupp Srch

Former Village President, Villa Park 
Representing DuPage County 

Rae Rupp Srch served as Villa Park's Village President from 1993-2005.  Under her leadership and philosophy of teamwork, a $9.5 million road referendum was passed.  Playgrounds for disabled and pre-school children were built , and grants were obtained for streets lights, sewer up-grades, and installation of water lines in sections of the town that could not afford the full cost of the projects.  A new "Green" police station was recognized regionally and nationally, as was a successful conversion of a landmark building into loft apartments.

She was a commissioner to both Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and Chicago Area Transportation Study, where she chaired the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Committee that drafted the long-range transportation plans for the region and served as vice-chair of the Council of Mayors.  She is a past President of the National Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and has been a long-time advocate for the need to coordinate transportation and land-use planning.  She is a past President of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference.  She is a past Governor of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International and remains involved in Kiwanis activities locally and district-wide.  Rupp Srch also served on the Honorary Committee to the Cheers for Years: Celebrating Healthy Aging, a collaborative fun-raising event to support quality services for seniors.  She serves on the Board of Governors of the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, the Rice Campus Board of Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Overseers, serves as Vice-president of the Tri-Town YMCA and scholarship chair of the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Guild.  She was appointed to represent DuPage County on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board and is a member of its Executive Committee and Regional Coordinating Committee.

Currently, Rupp Srch works part-time for Atlas Galleries, a firm fixture on Chicago's luxurious north Michigan Avenue. She has a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science, along with two Associate's degrees.

Carolyn Schofield

Member, McHenry County Board
Representing McHenry County

Carolyn Schofield has been a member of the McHenry County Board since December 2012, having served on the Crystal Lake City Council from May 2009 to December 2012.  She was also a member of the Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998-2009 and has served on the McHenry County Council of Government Water Policy Task Force.  She is a loss control engineer specializing in commercial fire protection and product liability.  Schofield earned the Bachelor's degree in General Engineering with specialization in Environmental Quality from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Peter Silvestri

Cook County Board Commissioner
Representing Suburban Cook County

Currently serving his fifth term, Peter N. Silvestri was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners on November 8, 1994.  In June 2010, Mr. Silvestri received the Municipal Leader of the year award from the Illinois Crime Commission.  As a commissioner, he serves as Chairman of the Zoning and Building Committee, the Building Ordinance Commission (liaison with trade unions), the Litigation Subcommittee, and the Environmental Control Committee.  Mr. Silvestri also is President of the Village of Elmwood Park, serving since May 1989.  His past service includes being a former village trustee, member and president of the Elmwood Park Board of Education, Elmwood Park Zoning Board, Elmwood Park Civic Foundation, Norwood Park Senior Home Board of Directors, chairman of the St. Vincent Ferrer Religious Education Advisory Board, and past president of the West Central Municipal Conference and Leyden Norwood Park Municipal League.  He currently serves as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, an association of 128 communities. 

A graduate of De Paul University and its Law School, Mr. Silvestri is a licensed attorney. 

Thomas Weisner

Mayor, City of Aurora
Representing Kane and Kendall Counties

Tom Weisner is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, the state's second largest city, with a population of nearly 200,000, after running unopposed in the April, 2013 election.

Mayor Weisner has worked effectively over the past eight years to transform Aurora into 21st century city by strengthening neighborhoods, revitalizing Aurora's riverfront core, promoting sustainable development practices, developing a top-notch telecommunication infrastructure and vastly reducing crime. By focusing on public private partnerships to spur revitalization, Mayor Weisner is successfully cleaning up polluted riverfront areas and breathing new life into Aurora's downtown urban core, the most recent example of which is RiverEdge Park, a spectacular new music venue on the banks of the Fox River.

Mayor Weisner is also a leader on the regional, state and national level.  He is currently the Executive Board Vice Chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Kane/Kendall representative to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Executive Board member of the Illinois Municipal League and Past President of Metro West Council of Governments. Tom was appointed as a Director at the Illinois Toll Highway Authority by Governor Quinn and also serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Tollway. Additionally, he is founding Chairman of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, a collaborative organization between municipalities and counties in a five county area of the Chicago suburbs. Mayor Weisner also serves as Chairman of the Board for OnLight Aurora, a public-private partnership created to connect the Aurora community and businesses to the city's fiber network.

Prior to joining City staff in 1986, Tom and his wife, Marilyn, served in the Peace Corps, assisting rain forest dwellers in the highlands of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

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