George A. Ranney is President and CEO of Chicago Metropolis 2020, a nonprofit civic organization created in 1999 by the Commercial Club of Chicago to promote long-term planning, better regional cooperation and smart investment in the Chicago region and its people. George also serves as chair and chief executive of Prairie Holdings Corporation, the firm developing Prairie Crossing, a nationally recognized conservation community in north suburban Grayslake. He served in various capacities over many years for Inland Steel Industries, including vice president for raw materials and also general counsel. He was deputy budget director for the State of Illinois under Governor Richard Ogilvie.
George also is senior counsel to the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown LLP and has served as a trustee of many civic and non-profit organizations including the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Television (WTTW). George is a former trustee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has known and enjoyed Ryerson Woods his entire life, as his grandparents were Edward and Nora Ryerson. His service on advising boards including Brushwood Center (then called Friends of Ryerson Woods) started shortly after his grandparents’ gifts to the Forest Preserve in 1972.
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