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Mary L. Decker

Mary L. Decker (now Mary Laraia) is a specialist in public policy, philanthropy, the environment and banking. She was the fifth female executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Council from 1983-90.

  • Currently is the Principal at ML Consulting
  • Featured in the Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago’s “Most Powerful Women” in 1987
  • Directed MPC to further Chicago redevelopment and suburban growth and served as a member of Mayor Washington’s advisory board on the Chicago Housing Authority and organized a state-wide five-year capital plan and launched a new five-year resident empowerment program
  • Served as Group Head and Senior Vice President for Community and Sustainable Development with LaSalle Bank from 2000-2008
  • Served as Deputy Superintendent to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Last updated 8/25/16