Lori Healey

President, Chicago Business Unit

Lori oversees Clayco’s enterprise activity for development, design, and construction related activities in the greater Chicago area and surrounding region. From leading the NATO 2012 Summit to CEO of a global investment and advisory firm, Lori brings unmatched experience in the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Clayco, Lori was CEO for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, owner of McCormick Place, North America’s largest convention center, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Marriott Marquis Chicago, and Wintrust Arena.

In the private sector, Lori served as CEO of Tur Partners, LLC., Principal in Charge of the Development Group for the John Buck Company, and principal at Perkins +Will. In 2012, Lori was the ‘executive on loan’ for the NATO Summit in Chicago.

One of Lori’s strengths is bringing together private and public leaders. For example, Lori was President of Chicago 2016, responsible for leading Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. Lori held several senior leadership positions for the City of Chicago under the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley, including Chief of Staff and Commissioner of the City’s Department of Planning and Development.


Local Initiatives Support Chicago (LISC), Board Member
World Business Chicago, Board Member
Loyola University Health System, Board Member
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Board Member
Chicago Fire Department Foundation, Board Member
Economic Club of Chicago
Commercial Club of Chicago
Chicago Network


Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Kansas State University | Manhattan, Kansas
Master of Science in Public Administration, Kansas State University | Manhattan, Kansas

What Inspires You?

“Opportunity inspires me. Whether it is the blank canvas of an empty lot or the lines of a building that has been neglected, the opportunity to create something new or reimagine and re-build is inspiring.

I also find inspiration in the ability to create opportunities for others. Whether it is creating opportunities for local businesses to grow or developing new programs to increase access to capital that allow entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality, I believe that every project is a chance to create new opportunities.

Finally, the people of Chicago never cease to inspire me. From a city that literally rose from the ashes to become one of the best cities in the world, Chicagoans bring a passion, a commitment, and a vision that inspire me every day.”

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