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new Leadership Evanston director announced

March 27, 2014 | ECF Press Release

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) announces the hire of Jennifer Moran as Leadership Evanston Director.

In addition to leading the Leadership Evanston programs, Moran will provide support in other program initiatives. She brings a background in early childhood and adult education and deep connections throughout Evanston, including the Latino community.

Moran's a 'connector'

"Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge to the Leadership Evanston Director position," said Vice President for ECF Programs, Marybeth Schroeder. "She was an outstanding candidate because of her background in education, from early childhood through adult education and her community connections, as well as her bilingual skills. Jennifer is a 'connector' who believes in listening to good ideas, maintaining a sense of humor and emphasizing the positive. Due to a highly competitive field, it was a difficult choice but she was clearly the best candidate for the position."JMoran_small.jpg

Moran, 54, spent her professional life as an educator. Most recently, she worked for nine years as a classroom teacher in Evanston/Skokie School District 65, focusing on early childhood and early grades. Bilingual in Spanish, Moran helped to start the District's Two Way Immersion program (TWI). Earlier in her career, she worked with Latino families in Little Village, developing language and parenting skills workshops, and taught in other adult education environments. A member of the current Leadership Evanston class, Moran also enjoys nurturing community partnerships. A native Evanstonian, Moran and her husband have raised three children who attended Evanston public schools.

Leadership Evanston program

Leadership Evanston is a 22-year-old program of the Evanston Community Foundation. The program's goals are to help local residents and those who work in Evanston become more knowledgeable, engaged and facilitative leaders in Evanston. The Signature Leadership Evanston program trains 30 individuals annually, increasing the breadth and depth of their knowledge of Evanston, improving their leadership skills, and building a network. Other ECF Leadership programs include the one-day Snapshot Evanston program and the biannual Public Service Challenge, offered in coalition with other Evanston organizations.

about the foundation

THE EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION marks its 27th year helping Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. With assets of $19 million, The Foundation builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation creates endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.