Nina Idemudia, a certified planner, understands firsthand how the built environment shapes the lives of society’s most vulnerable populations. This fuels her passion for empowering people to create change through planning. Idemudia currently serves as an assistant commissioner for Chicago's Department of Planning and Development. She specializes in equitable community development, inclusive outreach strategies, and organizational innovation for planning agencies.
Idemudia started her career as a planner for Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. She has earned numerous accolades throughout her career. Idemudia has won two awards from the American Planning Association. She also has fellowships with Vanguard and the New Leaders Council. She was honored by Los Angeles Council member Curren D. Price, Jr., with a SHEro award for her community leadership. Recently, Idemudia was elected the first Black president of the American Planning Association’s Illinois Chapter.