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Erin Aleman

pronounced Al-le-mahn, like “pie à la mode

Erin Aleman has served as the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) since June 2019. Aleman oversees more than 100 staff members who develop and implement recommendations in ON TO 2050, the long-range plan for northeastern Illinois.

Aleman has more than 15 years of experience developing transportation and land-use policies. Prior to joining CMAP, Aleman served as vice president of Metro Strategies, a policy and advocacy consulting firm. From 2015 to 2018, she held leadership positions at the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT), first as a bureau chief and then as director of the Office of Planning and Programming. During her IDOT tenure, she provided strategic guidance, implemented performance-based tools, developed the state’s first Asset Management Plan, and was responsible for developing multimodal policy initiatives.

Aleman has come full circle by rejoining CMAP, where she began her remarkable ascent fresh out of graduate school in 2007 as the agency’s Phillip D. Peters Regional Planning Fellow. She rose through the ranks to become principal planner in 2011. In that first stint at CMAP, Aleman helped to create the highly successful technical assistance program, led regional outreach for GO TO 2040 — the agency’s first long-term comprehensive plan — and completed more than 20 local planning projects.

Aleman’s master’s degree in urban planning emphasized design and development. She is a certified mediator, a strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, a member of the American Planning Association and Women’s Transportation Seminar, and treasurer for the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors.

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