Kari K. Steele Appointed to the Board of the Public Building Commission

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2023
Bryant Payne – Public Building Commission,
(312) 742-0878


The Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kari K. Steele to its esteemed board. With her extensive experience in land use and commitment to community development, Steele brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspective to the PBC.

Steele’s appointment marks a significant milestone in advancing the PBC’s mission of creating exceptional public spaces and infrastructure for the city’s residents. Her expertise in strategic development and community engagement will contribute to the ongoing efforts to transform Chicago’s built environment into one that is inclusive, sustainable, and reflective of the City’s diverse needs.

As President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Board of Commissioners, Steele has demonstrated her dedication to enhancing urban landscapes and promoting equitable access to quality facilities. As an environmentalist, her comprehensive understanding of green and grey infrastructure principles, coupled with her passion for fostering vibrant communities, will undoubtedly strengthen the PBC’s ability to deliver innovative projects that meet the evolving needs of Chicagoans.

“I am honored and excited to join the Board of the Public Building Commission of Chicago,” Steele said. “I look forward to collaborating with fellow board members and stakeholders to create public spaces that not only enhance the City’s infrastructure but also reflect the values and aspirations of the communities we serve.”

As a chemist, environmentalist, licensed real estate broker and community leader, Steele’s appointment is a testament to the PBC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. By welcoming individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, the PBC aims to ensure that its decision-making processes align with the needs and aspirations of all Chicago residents.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Steele join the PBC’s Board of Commissioners,” Carina E. Sanchez, PBC Executive Director, said. “Her expertise and dedication to community-driven development makes her an invaluable addition to our Board. We are confident that her leadership and insights will help us further our mission of creating exceptional public spaces that enhance the quality of life for all Chicagoans.”

About the PBC: The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies.  Carina E. Sanchez serves as the Executive Director of the PBC. Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com. You can also follow the Public Building Commission of Chicago on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn