Kristi Lafleur has 20 years of experience in infrastructure asset management and public strategy. She is the President and CEO of Ascend Infrastructure, a Chicago-based firm specializing in strategic advisory services relating to acquisition, public engagement, marketing and operation of large infrastructure and built assets. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Skyway as a Non-Executive Director representing the Canada Public Pension Investment Board (CPPIB).
Prior to joining the Skyway, Lafleur served as the first woman to be named CEO of the Illinois Tollway, the largest open toll road in the United States and one of the largest toll roads in the world. While CEO, she doubled the Tollway’s yearly revenue and managed the agency's over $1 billion annual budget. She secured the $12 billion Move Illinois program, the largest capital program in the agency's history, including first-of-their-kind modernization projects to replace the Illinois Tollway’s electronic toll collection system, build the new all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Expressway and implement the first regional “smart highway” with active traffic management on the 60+ mile I-90 corridor.
Lafleur has served as the Deputy Treasurer for the City of Chicago. She was also Chief of Staff at the Illinois Department of Commerce (DCEO), where she focused on programs to advance innovation and early stage investment in Illinois, most notably the I2A Fund and Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Center (CEC), the predecessor to Chicago’s world-renowned 1871 incubator.