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Executive Director, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

John Egelhaaf
John Egelhaaf

John Egelhaaf has served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) since 2003. In addition to cultivating the administrative side of SWMPC management, he oversees regional planning projects across a broad scope including natural resource management, public transportation, health issues in regional planning, metropolitan transportation planning, trail planning, economic development, and heritage route development. John has served on various boards at the state level, including secretariat treasurer of the Michigan Association of Regions from 2006 to 2007, a position on the Michigan Transportation Research Board (MTRB) Executive Committee, the state’s Transportation Asset Management Council, and the governor’s Infrastructure Asset Management Pilot Advisory Board. Nationally John has been appointed to the Technical Expert Panel of the Administration for Community Living. John is actively involved in local and regional organizations throughout southwest Michigan.  He has spoken at numerous state and national events. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Michigan Association of Planning. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and English from Purdue University and a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts.