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The Commissioners governing the Illinois Medical District reflect the many dimensions that make the IMD a diverse and dynamic community. Its members—appointed by elected officials, based on proven records of civic leadership—help direct the District’s long-term vision and development.

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Request for Information and Qualifications From Cannabis and Cannabis-Adjacent Research & Development Facilities, Cannabis Business Consulting Professional Service Providers, and Potential Applicants for State of Illinois Licenses for Cannabis Dispensaries, Infusers, and Craft Growing Businesses Proposed to be located in the Illinois Medical District

Response due date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 3:00 pm

Request for Information From Potential Service Providers And Customers For Innovation District Broadband Project

Response due date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – 3:00 pm

Request for Proposal: A Qualified Pool of Legal Services

Response due date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 3pm

Request for Proposal: Government Affairs and Legislative Advisory Professional Services

Response due date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 3pm

Request for Proposal: Real Estate and Strategic Advisory Professional Services

Response due date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 3pm

Request for Proposal: Re-Branding Services RFP IMD 16-005

Response due date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2pm

CEO/Executive Director

Dr. Suzet M. McKinney serves as CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District, where she oversees the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan for economic development within the District.

Dr. McKinney is the former Deputy Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department, in addition to leading the Department’s Division of Women and Children’s Health.

Dr. McKinney holds her doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She earned her master’s degree from Benedictine University, and her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. She holds faculty appointments at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the UIC School of Public Health.


Neville Reid is a capital partner who co-chairs the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Group at Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP in Chicago.

Mr. Reid has served as a court-appointed trustee on over 8,000 individual and corporate bankruptcy cases. He completed his bachelor’s degree and law degree at Harvard.

Everett Rand is a businessman who founded The Chicago Football Classic. The annual event aims to raise awareness among African American students about opportunities for higher education.

Mr. Rand was appointed to the IMD Board of Commissioners in July 2015.

John T. Cooke, Jr. serves as the Public Buildings Service Regional Commissioner for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Mr. Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame.

Alejandra Garza is President of AGG Consulting, Inc, which provides strategic business development and marketing plans to health care organizations, nonprofits and small businesses.  Ms. Garza is also co-founder of Color Us Women, where women of color come to meet, share and collaborate.

Ms. Garza holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Peter O’Brien, Sr. is President and CEO of MADO Management, LP, a diversified family business in healthcare, residential and commercial leasing, and the O’Brien’s Restaurant group.

Peter has been on the forefront of statewide campaigns for mental healthcare advocacy, legislation, and reform and is a chief convener and sponsor of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, and Chairman of the Board.

Peter has served on the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, the Illinois Development & Finance Authority, and as Chairman on the Capital Development Board of Illinois.

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