Genevieve Coady is the Executive Vice President of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs (the Plan), an effort to equitably and innovatively grow Chicago’s economy for all. It embodies a living process to help expand and improve Chicago’s economy at a faster rate, make the most of existing area assets, and foster new assets needed to flourish a truly inclusive economy for the future.
Genevieve, bringing 14 years of experience to her current role, is a senior economic development planning professional with experience in both public and private leadership roles, supporting business and civic leaders in their work to improve the communities in which they do business and reside. Over the course of her professional endeavors, she has built her career in economic and community development by bridging real-world experience and research expertise with strategic planning and action. Throughout her career, she has worked to coordinate networks of public and private community partners in various initiatives. As the primary author of three extensive regional plans for community and economic development, she has worked to put plans into action while measuring the impact of goals set forth. A firm believer in strategic doing, she also strives to tell the story of data through the development of effective visual and graphics communications.
Previously, Genevieve was the Executive Director for The Jefferson County Area Economic Development Consortium in Wisconsin. Her previous positions include founding SnapSense in 2011 to help communities measure and track data with the aim to empower community leaders be more effective at what they do. As CEO, she co-managed the Rockford Region Vital Signs initiative to develop a regional sustainability plan built on community indicators. She also served as the former Executive Director of the Rockford Region Economic Development District, the quasi-governmental agency charged with overseeing economic development planning for the region. During her tenure with RREDD she wrote $4.2M in economic development and planning grants for the region and oversaw the management and implementation of the region’s first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Prior to this position, she served as Director of Research for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council in Rockford, Illinois.
Genevieve received a Doctorate in Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, a Master of Science in Urban Planning from UIUC, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Iowa State University in Community and Regional Planning with a minor in Design.