Kristi DeLaurentiis is the executive director of South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, an intergovernmental agency that provides assistance and services to 45 municipalities in Cook and Will counties.
Kristi has held the position since 2016. Her previous experience includes president of KDL Consulting, Metro Strategies director of government affairs and community development, and Metropolitan Planning Council’s government relations director.
She is a long-time Lansing, Ill. resident and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Governors State University.
What do you love about the Calumet region?
Its diversity, its people, the culture, the range and breadth of its assets, the inclusiveness of the communities and our collective interest in transformative success.
What is your vision for the future of this region?
That we’re successful on multiple initiatives that contribute to this region’s transformation. That our regional prosperity increases; we experience more sustainable development; our natural areas, ecosystems, recreational opportunities, and other inherent assets are more highly valued. That we build upon on our existing assets for an even more vibrant future.
How is the Calumet region starting to work towards that vision today?
There’s a great sense of purpose. Stakeholders from all sectors recognize we need to work collaboratively in order to take on the challenges we face in the Calumet region. I feel very optimistic that we’re starting to, collectively, have an impact. We’re already seeing a groundswell of activity that will have positive effects today, tomorrow and into the future. We know people are proud of where they live and work and they are showing their commitment to making our region stronger.