CCAC Executive Committee

Greg Hummel
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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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Gina Berndt

Managing Director | Perkins & Will

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Gina Berndt serves as the Global Interior Design Discipline Leader driving vision and strategy in order to develop the strength and breadth of our Interior Design practice. For more than 30 years, Gina has led teams to deliver design solutions that delight clients, meet their functional parameters and exceed their expectations.

Christine Carlyle

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.

Bob Chodos

Vice Chairman | Newmark Knight Frank

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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.

Kimberly Dowdell

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. 

Stephen Galler

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.

Dr. Suzet M. McKinney

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.

Tyler Meyr

Managing Director | Lamar Johnson Collaborative

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As Managing 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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Donald Resnick

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.

Doug Voigt

Partner | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

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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.

Kelly O'Brien

Executive Director

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Kelly O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Chicago Central Area Committee. Her career spans both the public and private sectors and she has distinguished herself as a creative and strategic thinker. As Executive Director of CCAC, Kelly manages a brain trust of Chicago leaders interested in planning and development by applying best practices to enhance the public good.