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Get to Know StormStore: Speaker Information

Hugo Coronado

Hugo joined MPC in June 2022; previously, he was an intern for the transportation team a year ago. Now he joined as an Associate for the Transportation and the Water team. Originally from Colombia, he got his college degree in political science; afterward, he worked as a consultant in public policy for local companies and international organizations in public policy analysis in different regions in Colombia.

Hugo moved to Chicago in 2018 to pursue his master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Development and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems – GIS. He is a formed Chaddick Scholar at DePaul, where he supported some of the research from the institute and participated in their events. He graduated in 2021 and joined the Shared-Used Mobility center, where he helped research transportation and shared mobility.

Erin Delawalla

Erin Delawalla joined RES in 2019 as a Client Solutions Manager in the Midwest to develop innovative and cost-effective ecological solutions for clients. She brings extensive project management experience in the sustainable management and permitting of natural resources, including wetlands and streams, threatened and endangered species, and sensitive landscapes. Erin was recently selected for the 2023 Class of Emerging Leaders for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Before joining RES, she worked for one of the largest renewable energy developers in the US, managing natural resources for over a gigawatt of utility-scale wind and solar projects in 18 states, including regular engagement with the USFWS, BLM, state wildlife agencies, and environmental NGOs. Her previous experience includes practicing environmental law for four years at an AmLaw 100 firm, helping clients with regulatory compliance under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Air Act, as well as conducting environmental due diligence in transactional matters.

Erin is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and has a BS in Finance from Saint Louis University.

Kristin Ihnchak (she/her)

Kristin brings 15 years in the planning field spanning both the public and private sectors, including nearly a decade with CMAP, the Chicago region’s comprehensive planning organization. Kristin has a proven track record of partnering with municipalities to deliver award-winning plans that prioritize sustainability, equity, community authorship, and multi-benefit approaches. Her areas of focus include land use and zoning, sustainability, climate resilience, capacity building, and equity. Kristin is passionate about partnering with communities, especially those that have historically been underrepresented, to create dynamic and accessible plans and tools that spur on-the-ground action.

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson joined MPC in December of 2019 to grow StormStore™, a nearly decade-long initiative to enable an environmental market for stormwater management in Illinois. Following a successful effort in 2020 to enact policy change and establish the two watershed-based trading pilots, he is leading the effort to startup StormStore as a 3rd-party stormwater marketplace. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Ryan uses his cross-disciplinary experience and water-sector expertise to encourage participation in this novel marketplace, facilitate the match of projects, and improve the regulatory environment for this market-based solution. In addition to his work on StormStore, he serves as a resource to other colleagues, projects, and community and regional partnerships.

He has over 15 years of experience designing, building, and developing innovative solutions that increase the vitality of cities and connected regions. Prior to joining MPC, Ryan led design and market development for Greenprint Partners, a Benefit Corporation and market-leading developer of community-based green infrastructure. He is a registered landscape architect in the State of Illinois, and holds a BLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. He earned a postgraduate certificate from–and later joined the faculty of–Archeworks, a public-interest design school. He has taught as adjunct faculty at the IIT School of Architecture.

He lives on Chicago’s South Side in the Hyde Park neighborhood from where he enjoys much of what the region has to offer, especially Promontory Point, Hyde Park Produce, and the Jackson Park Harbor.