Michael M. Edwards

Michael M. Edwards
President and CEO, Chicago Loop Alliance

Michael M. Edwards is the President and CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance. Since joining Chicago Loop Alliance in 2012, Edwards — an economic development expert — has been guiding efforts in promoting a high-performing urban experience that attracts people and investment to the Loop. Edwards is a founding member (2018) of the Global Business District Innovation Club, Paris, France; a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester, UK; as well as a member of the International Downtown Association Board of Directors (2006-2008 and 2016-2018). He has executive experience leading the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, and was formerly a principal at The Saratoga Associates, a New York State-based urban planning consulting firm. Edwards is a recognized expert in downtown management and frequently speaks internationally on key downtown opportunities and challenges.