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Title:Choose Chicago Board of Directors
Website:https://www.choosechicago.com/about-us/board-of-directors/
Term:3 year terms
Senate Confirmation:No
Composition:The Authority shall enter into a marketing agreement with a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Chicago and recognized by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as a certified local tourism and convention bureau entitled to receive State tourism grant funds, provided the bylaws of the organization establish a board of the organization that is comprised of 35 members serving 3-year staggered terms, including the following: (1) no less than 8 members appointed by the Mayor of Chicago, to include: (A) a Chair of the board of the organization appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago from among the business and civic leaders of Chicago who are not engaged in the hospitality business or who have not served as a member of the Board or as chief executive officer of the Authority; and (B) 7 members from among the cultural, economic development, or civic leaders of Chicago; (2) the chairperson of the interim board or Board of the Authority, or his or her designee; (3) a representative from the department in the City of Chicago that is responsible for the operation of Chicago-area airports; (4) a representative from the department in the City of Chicago that is responsible for the regulation of Chicago-area livery vehicles; (5) at least 1, but no more than: (A) 2 members from the hotel industry; (B) 2 members representing Chicago arts and cultural institutions or projects; (C) 2 members from the restaurant industry; (D) 2 members employed by or representing an entity responsible for a trade show; (E) 2 members representing unions; (F) 2 members from the attractions industry; and (6) 7 members appointed by the Governor, including the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, ex officio, as well as 3 members from the hotel industry and 3 members representing Chicago arts and cultural institutions or projects.
Chair:Glenn Eden
Authority:70 ILCS 210/5.6

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Bethke, JeffStatuteMemberChair of the MPEA
Blunk, JayMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoSecretary
De Orio, CatherineMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Duarte, LisaMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Eden, GlennMayor of ChicagoBusiness and Civic Leader of ChicagoChair
Escareno, RosaMayor of ChicagoRepresentative from Chicago Deptartment responsible for the regulation of livery vehiclesMember
Fassnacht, MichaelMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Gamble, RichardMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Gardner, Marilynn Mayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoVice Chair
Grondin, Nina9/14/20249/14/2021GovernorHotel IndustryMember
Hatton, Patrick9/8/20249/8/2021GovernorHotel IndustryMember
Humphrey, ChevyMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Jaco, AyeshaMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Jacobs, DavidMPEAHotel IndustryMember
Jacobson, MichaelMPEAHotel IndustryMember
Johnston, ArthurMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Lauer, MarkMPEAHotel IndustryMember
Lauer, Mark9/10/20249/10/2021GovernorDirector of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; his or her designeeMember
Mason, MichelleMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoTreasurer
Mickelson, JerryMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Montoya, Evelia Rodriguez9/8/20249/8/2021GovernorChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember
Perinar, GaryMPEAUnionsMember
Razumich-Zec, MariaMPEAHotel IndustryMember
Reiter Jr., RobertMPEAUnionsMember
Rhee, JamieStatuteRepresentative from Department in Chicago responsible for airportsMember
Rondeau, JamesMPEAAttractions IndustryMember
Sahs, MegMPEARestaurant IndustryMember
Salazar, MyrnaMPEAAttractions IndustryMember
Salgado, JuanMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Sanchez, MannyMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Shi, RebeccaMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Sims, AlexandraMPEAChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember
Stark, LizMPEARestaurant IndustryMember
Strautmanis, MichaelMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Thomas, Cherryl9/8/20249/8/2021GovernorChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember
Toia, SamMPEARestaurant IndustryMember
Trrantino-Dean, ChristieMPEAChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember
VACANTGovernorChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember
VACANTGovernorChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember
Wells, JohnMPEARestaurant IndustryMember
Wright, NykiaMayor of ChicagoCultural, Economic, or Civic leader of ChicagoMember
Ziegler, ElizabethMPEAChicago Arts and Cultural ProjectsMember