Executive Vice President
Laura Wilkison has been active in legislative strategy and policy formulation for transportation and other issues since 1996. She has experience in policy development, issue advocacy, public involvement and coalition building.
In the ten years that Laura has served as vice president of Metro Strategies, she has led numerous policy, outreach and public involvement initiatives. These have ranged from the City of Chicago’s citywide Pedestrian Plan and Streets for Cycling Plan to the Context Sensitive Solutions outreach for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s North Lake Shore Drive Phase I Study. Laura has directed efforts for the Chicago Transit Authority, Pace, Metra, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Tollway and more.
Laura’s work has also included over twelve years of providing strategic planning, policy and program management for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program. CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership among the USDOT, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak and the nation's freight railroads. It is a $4.4 billion innovative initiative designed to reduce rail and motorist congestion, while improving rail service.
Laura has strong working relationships with federal agencies, organizations and elected officials. She works with clients on policy development and issue advocacy at the federal level. Her understanding of federal government started with her serving as a staff member to Congresswoman Karen McCarthy, 5th District of Missouri, and continued for a number of years in her role as legislative project coordinator with the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Laura has completed National Charrette Institute Certification Training as well as the ACEC Future Leaders Executive Training course. She holds an M.S. in Public Services Management and a B.A. in Political Science. Aside from following politics, Laura enjoys reading for her two book clubs, doing Pilates and working on her golf game.
Glen Ellyn, IL
526 Crescent Boulevard, Suite 314
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
17 N. State Street, Suite 440
Chicago, IL 60602
Crown Point, IN
128 S. East Street, #115
Crown Point, IN 46307