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Mayor Johnson expressed his enthusiasm for Boatright's appointment, citing her "tremendously talented and respected executive" status and "proven track record of managing public and private developments across the City." He also noted her unique understanding of community economic development, commercial real estate, affordable housing, job creation and neighborhood engagement.
Boatright has extensive experience in planning and development projects. At CRG she leads high-impact projects while also developing and managing a national philanthropic program called CRG Cares. This program works with nonprofit organizations to support community-identified initiatives that complement CRG's housing, industrial and commercial development impact in communities. Additionally, she was responsible for launching PILLAR—CRG's diverse developer initiative—which provides support to emerging commercial developers of color.
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Prior to joining CRG, Boatright was Vice President of Real Estate & Inclusion at Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Inc., where she led the planning and development of high-impact real estate projects that created more than 1,600 jobs. She also served as CNI's affordable housing policy point person by participating in working groups to increase the supply of for-sale affordable housing in Chicago neighborhoods.
Recently Boatright hosted the inaugural Diverse Developers Conference which convened executives from across the Midwest to discuss how to strengthen communities through innovation, creative financing opportunities and public-private sector partnerships.
In addition to Boatright's appointment as commissioner, Patrick Murphey has been promoted to first deputy for the Department bringing more than 20 years of planning experience to this role. The mayor's selection is now subject to City Council approval.
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