CCAC Executive Committee

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Senior Counsel | Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
 

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Greg Hummel is a senior partner at the national and international law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. He is based in Chicago where he leads the firm’s public private partnership practice. His work involves real estate development and finance, as well as, public and project finance.

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Principal & Director of Planning | Solomon Cordwell Buenz

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Christine Carlyle, Principal and Director of Planning, founded and directs the SCB’s planning studio and urban design practice. With over 30 years of city planning, urban design, and architectural design, in both the public and private sectors, her work demonstrates an integration of innovative design, cultural responsibility, and sustainability with the successful management and execution of complex projects.

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Vice Chairman | Newmark

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With a career spanning over 30 years and 13 million square feet in completed assignments valued at more than $7 billion, Bob Chodos is one of the premier tenant representation specialists in the Chicago area and nationally.

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Principal & Director of Business Development | HOK

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Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect and frequent speaker on the topic of architecture, diversity, sustainability and the future of cities. In her recently completed term as the 2019-2020 national president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), she worked closely with her board of directors and staff to increase opportunities for women and people of color to gain more equitable access to the building profession. Kimberly was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business and Crain’s Chicago Business as a 40 Under 40 honoree in 2018 and 2020, respectively. 

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Executive Vice President and General Counsel | The Habitat Company
 

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As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Habitat Company, Stephen Galler oversees all legal matters, including all acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and development for our real estate concerns.

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Principal, Global Leader, Corporate, Commercial and Civic Practice | Perkins&Will

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Tom Kasznia serves as a Principal, Global Leader for the Corporate, Commercial and Civic practice, and member of the Executive Committee at Perkins&Will.  With over 30 years of experience, Tom is a champion for interdisciplinary collaboration and design excellence, continually fostering new partnerships while also nurturing many of Perkins&Will’s long-term client relationships. 

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Principal, Director of Business Development | SmithGroup

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Rana is a Principal and Business Development Director at SmithGroup. She is directly responsible for market share growth, client development and coaching high performance teams. Rana partners with leadership to elevate business development strategy from a loosely coordinated set of activities to a more consciously engineered aspect of an organization’s commitment to delivering excellence – resulting in efficient revenue growth and greater value to clients.

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Principal & Director of Life Sciences | Sterling Bay

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Earning a reputation as an experienced, knowledgeable public health official, Dr. Suzet M. McKinney currently serves as CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District, a 24/7/365 environment that includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas and more than 40 healthcare related facilities, one of the largest urban medical districts in the United States.

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Executive Director | Lamar Johnson Collaborative

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As Executive Director and award-winning designer with Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Tyler Meyr is a leading conceptual thinker with a strong national and international portfolio of projects including built work in Los Angeles, London, Antwerp, St. Louis, and Istanbul.

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Partner | Jenner & Block

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Donald I. Resnick focuses his practice in commercial real estate on a national and local basis. Clients seek his counsel on all types of real estate transactions, financing, leasing, development and construction and corporate real estate needs.He also has significant experience in real estate-related loan and equity restructuring and workouts.

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Partner | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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Douglas Voigt is a Partner with the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Together with Phillip Enquist, he leads the urban design and planning practice within the global design firm. Over the last couple of years, SOM has been scripting a vision for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Region that advocates new bi-national thinking and a comprehensive strategy for the future of the region.

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Managing Partner | DL3 Realty

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Leon I. Walker, Esq. has spearheaded cutting-edge community development projects that have generated thousands of new jobs, and brought grocery stores and health care services into the food and health care deserts on Chicago’s south side. Over the next 10 years, his vision is to help create 10,000 jobs and 10 million square feet of new commercial space in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

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Executive Director

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Mark Hopkins was appointed Executive Director of CCAC in July 2021. During his 30+ year career, he’s been an executive with several national and international non-profit organizations and corporations. He’s well known for developing and implementing positive change and growth based on a foundation of strategy with comprehensive implementation planning, execution and evaluation. Mark has been able to lead organizations large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, to success – he’s known as someone who gets things done.