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Marisa Novara

Director, Metropolitan Planning Council
Marisa Novara directs the Metropolitan Planning Council’s housing and community development work, and manages technical assistance and support to communities across the Chicago region facing development challenges related to housing, transportation, environment and economic development. Previously, she directed more than $30 million in affordable rental and for-sale housing development in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Novara serves on committees with The Resurrection Project, Chicago Loop Alliance, the Urban Land Institute and the Network of Woodlawn. She was a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow and is in the 2016 class of Leadership Greater Chicago.