Erin Aleman is the Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Office of Planning and Programming (OPP). Under her guidance, the office develops plans and programs aimed at improving the state’s transportation system. Core functions include: oversight and coordination of the state’s planning efforts, developing the annual multi-year and multimodal programs, monitoring and surveillance of the physical condition of the transportation system, evaluation of costs and benefits of new infrastructure investments, and to provide data, mapping and research to support these and other projects across the department. The Office of Planning and Programming consists of five bureaus: Planning, Programming, Innovative Project Delivery, Data Collection and Mapping, and Research.
Prior to joining IDOT, Erin was a Principal Planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). During her tenure at CMAP she built a coalition of invested stakeholders who were committed to the implementation of northeastern Illinois’ first truly comprehensive regional plan — GO TO 2040. Erin managed outreach and public engagement for the agency on the numerous goals of GO TO 2040, including congestion pricing, tax policy, and coordinated land use and transportation planning.
Erin is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received her master’s degree from the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.