Executive Review

MarySue Barrett

Advisor, CEO, President
Arts, Non-Profit
Advisor, Chief Executive Officer
Chicago, IL

MarySue Barrett is a results-driven, high-energy strategist who leverages civic leadership, an extensive network, and policy acumen to drive social and economic advancement. She has a 30-year track record delivering innovative solutions to systemic, complex problems spanning water infrastructure, transportation, affordable housing, tax policy, social equity, and environmental sustainability.

A dynamic and effective change agent, MarySue is known for bringing bold ideas and diverse voices together to solve complex challenges. Throughout her career, she has used her astute business know-how, coupled with her expert communication skills, to create, share, and enact economically feasible solutions grounded in equity. MarySue’s ability to inspire trust and foster strong community, government, and private sector partnerships is paramount to her success as a civic leader. She most recently served as President of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago (MPC), an independent, non-profit and nonpartisan organization that serves communities and residents by developing, promoting, and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.


Metropolitan Planning Council – President


  • Arts
  • Non-Profit
  • Philanthropy
  • Public relations
  • Technology

TARGET ROLES (detail):

  • Advisor
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • President
  • Strategist