LINDA GOODMAN - Principal
Linda Goodman is President of Goodman Williams Group, where she specializes in analyzing market trends and creating development strategies for public-and private-sector clients. Through numerous real estate cycles, she has analyzed opportunities for residential, retail, office, and industrial projects.
Helping to strengthen retail corridors and downtown business districts has been an important component of Ms. Goodman's consulting practice. She has assessed commercial development opportunities in Chicago neighborhoods on the north, south, and west sides. In the suburbs, she has teamed up with urban planning firms to develop plans for a variety of transit-served downtowns, including Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston, Glenview, Palatine, Bartlett, Barrington, Elmhurst, LaGrange, Naperville, Villa Park, Worth, and Cicero.
Ms. Goodman has contributed to dozens of real estate market analyses for the City of Chicago under the Planning Now and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs. Her analyses have involved site-specific residential and commercial development proposals as well as plans for corridors and neighborhoods. In 2013, she helped complete a citywide retail analysis with strategies to improve the competitive position of the City of Chicago. In 2014, she analyzed trends in the industrial usage of the Chicago Area Waterway System as part of the City's analysis of its industrial land use policies. She tracks land sales in the Central Area that are used to calculate affordable housing and other off-site zoning bonuses.
Prior to co-founding Goodman Williams Group in 1993, Ms. Goodman was a Project Manager in the Corporate Advisory Services Group of Rubloff, then a full-service real estate firm. Ms. Goodman began her career at Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), a national real estate consulting firm.
Ms. Goodman has served as President of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha, an honorary land economics society. She is a long-time member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), a leading civic organization. She is a guest lecturer at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A resident of Lincoln Park, Ms. Goodman serves on the Planning Committee of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association.