Laurence Msall - Panelist President of the Civic Federation
Laurence Msall is president of the Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization established in 1894 that seeks to assist public policy opinion leaders in the Chicago area and to advance issues such as property tax reform, tax simplification and budget transparency with the objective of improving governmental efficiency and financial accountability. Before joining the Federation in 2002, Laurence was senior advisor for economic development and infrastructure for Gov. George H. Ryan from 1998 to 2002. He previously served as vice president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, secretary to the Commercial Club Foundation and vice president of the Civic Committee. From 1984 to 1988, he represented Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson’s office on economic development and business-related issues before the General Assembly.
Mr. Msall is a licensed attorney and graduate of Loyola University School of Law, Knox College and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. He is a member of the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Chicago Civic Consulting Alliance, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System Nominating Committee and the Kennedy Forum of Illinois. Laurence also serves on the advisory board of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and NPR Illinois Issues. In addition, he is an active volunteer with PADS Homeless Shelter and L’arche Chicago and is a member of the board of trustees of Knox College.