Governor Quinn Makes CTA Board Appointments

November 11, 2009

From the Office of Governor Pat Quinn:

Adds Public Interest Lawyer, Environmental Policy Expert

CHICAGO – November 11, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed a public interest attorney and an environmental policy professional to the Board of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).  Joining the transit board is John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and Katie McClain, Chicago City Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative for the William J. Clinton Foundation.

“CTA riders will be well-served and represented by these two fine professionals,” said Governor Quinn.  “They bring a wealth of practical experience and a fresh perspective to dealing with the challenges of mass transit and its important role in our economy and society.  Each will be a strong voice for CTA passengers and stakeholders.”

Bouman has run the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law since 1996, where he served as President and as Director of Advocacy for the Center.  Serving as a public interest attorney since 1975, Bouman has forged numerous working relationships with community groups, policymakers and all branches of government throughout his career. (Background below)

McClain has been Chicago City Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation since 2007.  At the Foundation, McClain has worked on the implementation of environmental policy and green initiatives at the state and local levels of government.  Specifically, she has worked to advance the use of carbon-neutral transportation technologies in urban areas.  Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, McClain was a senior policy advisor to then-Lt. Governor Quinn. (Background below)

The CTA operates the nation’s second-largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs.  On an average weekday, approximately 1.7 million rides are taken on the CTA.

For more information on the Chicago Transit Board and other Illinois boards and commissions, please visit www.Appointments.Illinois.gov.

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John Bouman

Newly Appointed Member of the Chicago Transit Board

  • President and Director of Advocacy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (2007-present)
  • Director of Advocacy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (1996-2006)
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (1975-1996)
Professional Memberships:
  • Member, Campaign for Better Health Care, Health Care Justice Policy Committee
  • Member, Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board
  • Co-Chair, Donors’ Forum of Chicago Board of Directors
  • Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, National Transitional Jobs Network
  • Co-Chair, Illinois Asset Building Group
  • Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council (2001-2002); Public Information Subcommittee, Medicaid Advisory Council (2005-present)
  • Ad Hoc Legislative Advisory Group on Medicaid Pharmacy Issues (2002)
  • Member, Center on Law and Social Policy Board
  • Co-Chair, Work, Welfare and Families Coalition Board of Directors (2001-2005)
  • Member, Wheatridge Ministries Board of Directors (1998-2006)
  • President, Church Council, Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest (2000-2004)
  • Member, Cabrini Green Legal Aid Strategic Plan Committee
  • Member, Emergency Fund Honorary Board
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award, U.S. District Court, Northern District and the Federal Bar Association (2006)
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (2006)
  • Child Health Advocate Award, American Academy of Pediatrics (2005)
  • Loretta Lacey Advocate Award, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (2003)
  • Kutak-Dodds Prize, National Legal Aid and Defender Association and Robert J. Kutak Foundation (1998)
  • John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award, American Bar Association (1998)
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law Testimonial (1997)
  • Equal Justice Award, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (1989)
  • Valparaiso University, J.D. (1975)
  • Valparaiso University, B.A. (1971)
Personal Information:
  • Resides in Maywood with his wife and daughter.


Katie McClain

Newly Appointed Member of the Chicago Transit Board

  • Chicago City Director, William J. Clinton Foundation – Clinton Climate Initiative (2007-present)
  • Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor (2004-2007)
  • Alternate Board Member, Great Lakes Commission (2004-2007)
  • McCormick Tribune Leadership Fellowship (2003-2004)
  • Project Manager/Internet Survey Specialist, HR Solutions, Inc. (2000-2002
  • University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, M.A. in Public Policy (2004)
  • DePauw University, B.A. in History (1999)
Personal Information:
  • Resides in Chicago with her husband and son.
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