Paula Freeze


Research Specialist
Phone: (815) 753-2077

Paula started with CGS in January 2017. Prior to that, she was employed as an urban planner with the City of Chicago, Knight Architects & Engineers, Metra, and as a self-employed consultant.

At CGS, Paula works with the Association Management and the Community and Economic Development Teams. Through CGS, she serves as the Executive Director of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL), a statewide professional association for urban planners with over 1,500 members.

Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master's in Urban Planning & Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When Paula isn’t sitting at the computer, you’ll find her outside in the garden or spending time with her family.