Now is the time to deepen our commitment to making honest change in our community. As Evanston continues to    

recover from the depths of Covid19, ECF is laser-focused on addressing the inequities laid bare by the pandemic.

Please support our ongoing efforts across Evanston with a gift to the Now! Fund

our board

The Evanston Community Foundation salutes our dedicated board of twenty-one. 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

Lisa Altenbernd  Paul Brenner Matt Feldman  Linda Gerber  Sandeep Ghaey  Sarah Gordon  David Graham  Lee Hart  Carolyn Lickerman ♦ Tania Margonza ♦ Minya Nance ♦ Laura-Min Proctor ♦ Sharon Robinson Bart Rocca ♦ Marcel Sallis ♦ Gene Servillo Larry Singer Michael Walker Bryant WallaceTodd WienerJudy Witt 

Altenbernd-089-140x176.jpgLisa Altenbernd

Brenner-140x176.jpgPaul Brenner 

Feldman-150-140x176.jpgMatt Feldman

Gerber-140x176.jpgLInda Gerber

SandeepGhaey2019-140x176.jpgSandeep Ghaey



Sarah Gordon

David Graham


Lee Hart

Lickerman-140x176.jpgCarolyn Lickerman

Margonza-140x176.jpgTania Margonza



Minya Nance


Laura-Min Proctor

Sharon-Robinson-140x176JN.jpgSharon Robinson

Bart Rocca

Sallis-140x176.jpgMarcel Sallis


Servillo-055-140x176.jpgGene Servillo

Singer-565-140x176.jpgLarry Singer


Michael Walker

Wallace-140x176.jpgBryant Wallace

Wiener-026-140x176.jpgTodd Wiener


Witt-091-140x176.jpgJudy Witt        

Photos by Jill Norton (except photos provided by new board members, as of 2021 — Minya Nance and Laura-Min Proctor

board officers

Lisa Altenbernd, past chair Matt Feldman, treasurerSandeep Ghaey, secretary ♦ David Graham, Community Investment chair Larry Singer, chair Bryant Wallace, Goverance chair Todd Wiener, Philanthropic Engagement chair

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 

Chair: Bryant Wallace
Lisa Altenbernd
Paul Brenner
Sandeep Ghaey
David Graham
Sarah Gordon
Gene Servillo
Staff: Jan Fischer

Chair: Matt Feldman
Lisa Altenbernd
Diana Cohen 
Carolyn Lickerman
Bart Rocca
Marcel Sallis
Larry Singer
Staff: Jan Fischer

Chair: Ralph Segall, community representative 
William Blanchard, community representative
Lisa Altenbernd
Mike Brody, community representative
Diana Cohen
Matt Feldman
William Goldstein, community representative
Paul Harvey, community representative
John McCarthy, community representative
Mark McCarville, community representative
Laura-Min Proctor, community representative          Larry Singer
Ingrid Stafford, community representative
Staff: Jan Fischer

Chair: Todd Wiener
Lisa Altenbernd
Linda Gerber
Lee Hart
Sharon Robinson
Tania Margonza
Michael Walker
Judy Witt
Staff: Rebecca Parmet, Joi-Anissa Russell

Chair: David Graham
Linda Gerber
Sharon Robinson
Marcel Sallis

Judy Witt

Co-Chairs: Sandeep Ghaey and Bart Rocca
Lisa Altenbernd, Gene Servillo, Larry Singer
Staff: Sol Anderson, Rebecca Parmet, Joi-Anissa Russell

Chair: Michael Walker
Co-Chair: Judy Witt
RJ Coleman, community representative
Nicole Boyd, community representative
Carmen Francellno, community representative
Margaret Gergen, community representative
David Graham
Fr. Robert Oldershaw, community representative
Ismalis Nunez, community representative
Brenda Phillips, community representative
Gene Servillo
Vanessa Vegas, community representative
Bryant Wallace
Staff: Jennifer Moran