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Executive Committee & Staff

The APA-IL is governed by a Board of Directors elected from the general membership. The Board is composed of 7 members plus the Section Directors. The Executive Committee consists of the Board of Directors, chairpersons of each standing committee of the Chapter, and one faculty and one student representative from each Illinois Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredited university. The Executive Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors.


The APA-IL Bylaws were updated in 2020.

Board of Directors

  • President - Nina Idemudia, AICP, City of Chicago

  • President Elect - Stephanie Brown, AICP, Chastain & Associates

  • Secretary - Gabrielle Mattingly, AICP, City of Naperville

  • Treasurer - Glen Cole, AICP, Village of Rolling Meadows

  • At Large Officer - Katanya Raby, Far South Community Development Corporation

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer - Enrique Castillo, CMAP

  • Professional Development Officer - Andy Cross, AICP, The Lakota Group

  • Chicago Metro Section Director - Justin Keller, AICP, Elevate

  • Illinois State Section Director - Lacey Rains Lowe, City of Champaign

Committee Chairs and University Representatives

  • Awards Committee Chair - Sara Egan, AICP, Design Workshop

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair - Gabe Guevara, Tri-County RPC

  • Emerging Planning Professionals Program - Jacqueline Henrikson, AICP

  • Legislative Committee Chair - Greg Jones, AICP, Ancel Glink and Ben LeRoy

  • Membership Committee Chair - Phillip Green, AICP, Village of Hoffman Estates

  • Plan Commissioner Training Committee Chair - Tom Farace, AICP, Village of Carol Stream

  • Pro-Bono Program - Jaemi Jackson, AICP, CMAP

  • Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs - Colleen Malec, AICP, Village of Mundelein and Jessica Gal, City of Elmhurst

  • UIUC Student Representative - Kayla Baldwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • UIC Student Representative - Brian Larson, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • UIUC Faculty Representative - Dustin Allred, AICP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • UIC Faculty Representative - April Jackson, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Executive Director - Paula Freeze, NIU Center for Governmental Studies

  • Chapter Finance/Billing - Megan Duenser, NIU Center for Governmental Studies

To contact the board, please click here.


Chapter Documents

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