Welcome to the Illinois International Port District. Established in 1951 by the Illinois General Assembly, the Port District, operating under the By-Laws approved by the Port District Board, is committed to expanding the economy, creating jobs, upholding a community relationship and being environmentally responsible while maintaining the Port District’s status as a leader in the maritime industry.
Clayton Harris III is the new Executive Director for the Illinois International Port District at the Port of Chicago.
In his new role, Clayton and the Illinois International Port District are committed to developing and maintaining a world-class port that operates as a modern, strategically driven facility and is focused on generating and expanding economic activity and employment for the benefit of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.
Clayton was formerly the Director of Government Affairs for the Midwest United States with CH2M HILL, a global engineering design/build consulting firm with over 26,000 employees and on every continent.
After earning his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Technology and while working at the Pentagon in Combat Systems Engineering in the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization Clayton decided to attend law school full time while continuing to work full time. As Clayton progressed he was able to transition work to the Federal Aviation Administration as an intern and then to the United States Department of Agriculture as an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Specialist. Once he graduated from Howard University’s School of Law he moved to Chicago to become a Cook County Assistant States’ Attorney.
In addition to the work that Clayton engages in professionally, academically he enjoys lecturing at the University of Chicago which he has done for the past seven years, where he teaches Process and Policy in State and local government specifically focusing on Illinois and Chicago in the school of Public Policy.
Clayton serves his community through the national and historic Omega Psi Phi, fraternity, Inc., where he has held the office of Chapter counselor and Vice Basileus, the same fraternity that his father and grandfather both were and are distinguished members. In addition to this love he also is a board member with Childserv.
Clayton resides on the Southside of Chicago with his loving and beautiful wife Trena, where they are devoted parents to their incredible two sons.
Clayton Harris III, Executive Director
3600 E. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60617-5193
Emily Rhodes provides grant writing and project managwement support at the Illinois International Port District. She has been working with the IIPD since January 2017. With a background in urban planning, Emily's work has focused on resilence and land use planning throughout the Midwest. Previously, Emily worked at Delta Institute where she provided technical assistance on community-based brownfield redevelopment. Emily also has a background in freight planning, previously working as a Senior Project Manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she led multi-stakeholder planning projects focused on improving freight assets in the New York City region. Emily is a native Michigander and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazzoo and College and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University's Wagner School of Public Policy. She in a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
The Illinois International Port District is proud to partner with Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit that collaborates with communities to solve complex environmental challenges across the Midwest. Since 1998, Delta has worked with public and private partners to design, test, and share market-based environmental solutions that yield social, environmental, and economic benefits for communities.
As Senior Programs Associate, Megan Conway manages programs primarily in Delta Institute's Waste Reduction and Resilient Communities initative areas. Megan came to Delta in 2015, and prior to joining the programmatic team, Megan worked on Delta's Finance and HR team. Megan holds a B.A. in Art History from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and an M.S. in Public Service Management with a graduate certificate in Metropolitan Planning and Development from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Megan is passionate about reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills, particularly construction and demolition debris and food waste, and working to help the Midwest communities thrive.