Human & Community Development Committee

Human & Community Development Committee

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.

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 ON TO 2050 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 include:

  • 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.

See current and archived committee materials.  The 2019 meeting schedule is as follows:

  • April 9th at 10am
  • June 4th at 10am
  • August 6th at 10am
  • October 8th at 10am
  • December 10 at 10am





Geri Aglipay

Small Business Majority

Dasha Arias

Google Chicago

Sheri Cohen (co-chairwoman)

Chicago Department of Public Health

Michael Davidson (co-chairman)

Chicago Community Trust

Fluturi Demirovski

Regional Transportation Authority

Laurie Dittman

Mayors Office for People with Disabilities, City of Chicago

Leslie Edstrom

Area on Aging Northeastern Illinois

Jackie Forbes

Kane County Division of Transportation

Joan Fox

DuPage County

Kendra Freeman

Metropolitan Planning Council

Melody Geraci

Activ Transportation Alliance

Jacky Grimshaw

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Eden Hurd


Hanna Kite

Cook County Department of Public Health

Tiffany McDowell

Chicagoland Equity Network

Kirsten Peachey

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

Greg Polman

Chicago Lighthouse

Olatunji Oboi Reed 


Enrique Salgado, Jr.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc./Harmony

Laura Schneider

Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center

Raj Shah, MD

Rush Medical Center / Center for Community Health Equity

Darnell Shields

Austin Coming Together

Janna Simon

Illinois Public Health Institute

Dominic Tocci

Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

William Towns

Benefit Chicago


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