Thomas E. Livingston is currently Regional Vice President for CSX Transportation in the Midwest United States, overseeing government and community affairs in several Midwestern states. He is also village president of the western suburb of LaGrange, IL.

From 1999 to 2003, Livingston served as Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District Commission, a public body charged with governing coordinated growth and enhancement of a specially designated 560-acre “district” on the Near West Side of Chicago.  

Previously, Livingston served Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar for eight years in several roles, including senior policy adviser for transportation, higher education and capital infrastructure.

He serves on the boards of the Civic Federation of Chicago (former Chairman), Calumet Area Industrial Commission (former Chairman), Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, City Year Chicago, Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation (current Chairman), Indiana Railroad Corporation and the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad. He is a former chairman of the University of Illinois Alumni Association Board.  He also serves on the executive committees of the Illinois Railroad Association and the Michigan Railroads Association.  He served as a LaGrangeVillage Trustee from 2003-2011.

Livingston received his master’s in public administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield and his Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He and his wife have three children.

Tom Livingston, board chair

Tom Livingston

Forest Preserve Foundation

Board of Directors

Tom Livingston​, Chair 
Regional Vice President, CSX Transportation


Dr. Stuart Strahl, Vice Chair 
President & CEO, Chicago Zoological 
Society/Brookfield Zoo

Howard Learner, Treasurer 
Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Stuart Cohn​, Secretary
Attorney, Law Offices of Stuart A. Cohn 


Arnold Randall,
​General Superintendent, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

John Atkinson
Managing Partner, Willis Towers Watson

Leslie Fenton
Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Dr. Thomas Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.
President, NextLevel Health

Eleanor Grumman
President, Grumman Development, LLC

Jim Law, AIA
Architect, Urban Planner
President, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Mark Lester
Relationship Executive, JP Morgan Chase


Albert Pritchett, Chair Emeritus
Retired Chief Administrative Officer for the Cook County Board

Ewa Weir
Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

​Claire Williams
President and COO, Environmental Design International