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CMAP Human and Community Development Committee

On January 12, 2011 the CMAP Board approved changes to CMAP's committee structure to aid the implementation of GO TO 2040. As a result, the Human Services committee will now be known as the Human and Community Development committee. Please update your bookmarks and information as needed.


The CMAP Human and Community Development Committee seeks to create a safe, healthy, vibrant, diverse and inclusive region where all residents contribute to the region's growth and have equal access to the region's assets, including, but not limited to clean air, water and energy; quality healthcare, housing, transportation, jobs, education, nature preserves and recreational opportunities; nutritious food, the arts and cultural amenities. The benefits and burdens caused by the region's investments and policies will be fairly distributed to all parts of the region and among all residents, regardless of age, gender, income, race, ethnicity, culture, language, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or disability status. Decisions affecting community residents will be made with a high degree of collaborative leadership and public participation, with special emphasis on disenfranchised populations.

Committee Charge

The charge to the CMAP human and community development committee is to provide advisory input to CMAP staff and the CMAP Board to ensure that the implementation of GO TO 2040 facilitates the achievement of the committee vision and encourages public participation, especially from vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, low income communities, people of color, and older residents.

Near-Term Initiatives of the Committee:

  • Provide input on Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program project identification.
  • Provide input to assist in scoping specific LTA projects.
  • Improve and coordinate, where possible, regional human and community development activities.

Committee Makeup



Gina Massuda Barnett Cook County Department of Public Health
Jennifer Becker Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors
Jeanette Castellanos Butt United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Jennifer Clary Social IMPACT Research Center, a program of Heartland Alliance

Sheri Cohen (co-chairwoman)

Chicago Department of Public Health

Eira Corral Village of Hanover Park
Michael Davidson (co-chairman) Chicago Community Trust
Fluturi Demirovski Regional Transportation Authority
Laurie Dittman Mayors Office for People with Disabilities, City of Chicago

John Edmondson

Illinois Department of Transportation

Wesley Epplin

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Marla Fronczak Northeastern Illinois Area on Aging

Caroline Goldstein

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Chicago)

Joanna Greene Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Jacky Grimshaw

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Mary Keating DuPage County
Rene Luna Access Living
Lynn O'Shea Association for Individual Development (AID)
Greg Polman Chicago Lighthouse
Jay Readey Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Enrique Salgado, Jr. WellCare Health Plans, Inc./Harmony
Laura Schneider Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
Janna Simon Illinois Public Health Institute
Dominic Tocci Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Tammy Wierciak West Central Municipal Conference


2015 Meeting Calendar

The committee has no other meetings scheduled through year's end

Visit the Community Development section for resources and related activities.


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