our board

The Evanston Community Foundation salutes our dedicated board. The board is broadly representative of the community we serve and vitally important to the work we do, providing leadership, sharing knowledge, and rolling up their sleeves to ensure a vibrant, thriving and inclusive Evanston.

board members

photos below:  Paul Brenner  Cindy Castro ♦ Bettye Cohns ♦  Robert Easter ♦ Matt Feldman  Linda Gerber  Sandeep Ghaey  Sarah Gordon  David Graham  Lee Hart ♦ Barbara Hiller  ♦ Laura-Min Proctor ♦ Sharon Robinson  ♦ Chris Rothwell ♦ Marcel Sallis  Larry Singer Michael Walker Bryant Wallace Anne Vela-Wagner ♦ Eric Witherspoon

Brenner-140x176.jpgPaul Brenner 

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Cindy Castro

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 Bettye Cohns

Robert Easter photo Aug 2023.jpgRobert Easter

Feldman-150-140x176.jpgMatt Feldman


Linda Gerber

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Sarah Gordon

David Graham


Lee Hart


Barbara Hiller

Proctor-140x176.jpgLaura-Min Proctor

Sharon-Robinson-140x176JN.jpgSharon Robinson


Chris Rothwell


Sallis-140x176.jpgMarcel Sallis

Larry Singer

Walker-145-140x176.jpgMichael Walker 

Wallace-140x176.jpgBryant Wallace 




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Anne Vela-Wagner


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 Eric Witherspoon 


Photos by Jill Norton (except photos provided by new board members, as of 2022 — Bettye Cohns ♦ Barb Hiller ♦ Chris Rothwell ♦ Eric Witherspoon )

board officers

Matt Feldman, treasurer Sarah Gordon, Goverance chair  David Graham, Community Investment chair Larry Singer, chair Bryant Wallace, secretary 

committees of the board

As prescribed by the Foundation's bylaws, the board chair annually appoints members to its three standing committees — Audit, Executive, and Governance. Each committee has two or more directors as members; nondirectors may serve on committees as long as a majority of members are directors.

The Executive Committee directs the work of ECF's three additional mission-based board committees: Philanthropic Engagement (including Celebrate!Evanston), Finance, and Community Investment. The Investment Council operates within the Finance Committee. The Leadership Evanston and root2fruit committees support specific programs areas; committees for open application, strategic grant cycles are formed to align with specific cycles and comprise board members and community representatives.

Board Committees as of May 2022

Chair: David Graham
Bettye Cohns
Linda Gerber
Chris Rothwell
Marcel Sallis

Michael Walker
Staff: Becca Cacayuran

Chair: Matt Feldman
Co-Chair: Marcel Sallis
Lisa Altenbernd
Robert Easter
Larry Singer
Staff: Sol Anderson, Cynthia Dominguez

Chair: Matthew Feldman
Paul Brenner
Marcel Sallis
Ingrid Stafford 
Staff: Cynthia Dominguez

Chair: Ralph Segall, community representative 
Co-Chair: John McCarthy, community representative
Lisa Altenbernd
Bill Blanchard, community representative
Mike Brody, community representative
Matt Feldman
William Goldstein, community representative
Paul Harvey, community representative
Mark McCarville, community representative
Laura-Min Proctor        
Larry Singer
Staff: Sol Anderson, Cynthia Dominguez


Chair: Sarah Gordon
Paul Brenner
Sandeep Ghaey
David Graham
Bryant Wallace

Staff: Sol Anderson, Cynthia Dominguez

Chair: Laura-Min Proctor
Lisa Altenbernd
Meredith Barber
Linda Gerber
Lee Hart
Tania Margonza
Larry Singer
Michael Walker
Staff: Rebecca Parmet

Staff: Sol Anderson, Robby Bardwell, and Rebecca Parmet