MPEA Board of Directors

MPEA Board of Directors

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority’s (MPEA) Board is comprised of nine members. Four members are appointed by the Governor of Illinois and four members are appointed by the Mayor of Chicago. The Chairman is selected by the MPEA Board of Directors. These individuals lead MPEA in its mission to attract trade shows, conventions and public events to Chicago as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the state and city economies.

Jeffrey Bethke | Ingenuity Advising | Chairman

Don Villar | Chicago Federation of Labor | Vice Chairman

Jorge Ramirez | GCM Grosvenor | Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart | KOVAL Distillery

Nina Grondin | Curioso

Roger J. Kiley, Jr. | Roger J. Kiley Jr. P.C.

Terrance McGann | McGann, Ketterman & Rioux

Juan Morado, Jr. | Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Sherman Wright | Ten35

Contact MPEA

Maria E. Calderon


The board meeting of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board of Directors has been scheduled for:

Tuesday, December 14th at 9:00 a.m.

MPEA Corporate Center

301 East Cermak Road

5th Floor Corporate Boardroom

Chicago, IL 60616


Resolution No. MPEA 19-05 – Establishing Rules Regarding Unofficial Recording of Public Meetings, you may download a copy by clicking here.

Resolution No. MPEA 21-05 – Establishing Procedures and Guidelines for Public Comment at MPEA Public Meetings, you may download a copy by clicking here.

The agendas and minutes are in PDF format. If you do not currently have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download a FREE copy of the latest version by clicking here.

2021 Board Meetings

Tuesday, January 26th (Cancelled)

Tuesday, February 23rd (Virtual)

Tuesday, March 30th (Virtual)

Tuesday, April 27th (Virtual)

Tuesday, May 25th (Virtual)

Tuesday, June 29th (Virtual)

Tuesday, July 27th* (Cancelled)

*Rescheduled Tuesday, August 3rd

Tuesday, August 31st

Tuesday, September 28th

Tuesday, October 26th

Friday, November 5th at 10 a.m. (Audit Committee Meeting)

Tuesday, November 16th

Tuesday, December 14th

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Materials

Public Comment at MPEA Board and Committee Meetings

Public comments may be addressed to the Board (or Board committee) at a time specified on the agenda of the Public Meeting. Persons wishing to address the Board (or Board committee) at such a Public Meeting must complete a registration form and submit it to the MPEA Board Administrator, you may download the procedures and guidelines here. You may complete and submit the form below, download and submit the form via email to or send by fax to the MPEA Board Administrator at 312-791-6580 no later than 5:00 pm on the day prior to the meeting. The registration form will also be available at the security sign-in desk on the day of the Public Meeting.

Notice of the date and time for regularly scheduled meetings of the MPEA Board is posted in the above section. Unless otherwise specified in a duly posted meeting notice, meetings are held in the 5th Floor Board Room at MPEA’s Corporate Center, located at 301 E. Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616.

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Public Comment Request and Information Form

Please be aware that your comments will be part of the public record of the meeting. The contact information you provide below will remain confidential although you will need to identify yourself by name and any organization you may be representing.

    Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
    301 East Cermak Road • Chicago, IL 60616 • (312) 791-7500

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