Vasudha Gadhiraju has served as director of Innovation and Technology for the Town of Normal since 2019. In this role, she is charged with providing vision and thought leadership for the Town’s smart city and innovation efforts while managing the day-to-day operations of its technology department.
Prior to joining the Town of Normal, Gadhiraju served as executive director of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC) where she led several award-winning long-range planning efforts for Bloomington, Normal and McLean County. Before joining MCRPC, she served the City of Decatur in various roles in community and economic development, neighborhood planning and geographic information systems.
Gadhiraju holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Andhra University, India, and a master’s degree in community and regional planning, with minors in transportation planning and geographic information systems from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is an active member in several professional organizations including Government Management Information Sciences (GMIS) and the American Planning Association.
Currently, Gadhiraju volunteers as a member of the Governing Council for Carle Bromenn Medical Center. Previously, she has served on the boards of directors for the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA, For a Better Tomorrow, and as a member of the Citizens Advisory Council for McLean County Unit 5 School District.