ECF builds leadership capacity for Evanston. Leadership Evanston fulfills this mission with programs that enhance knowledge of the community and facilitate civic engagement. Strong communities need strong leaders.

we build leaders

Signature Leadership is an intensive ten-month experience, developing committed leaders for Evanston who understand our community's diverse perspectives.  Learn more or apply now.

we make a difference

Through our four key programs, Leadership Evanston imparts concrete, practical skills. Our alumni have become aldermen, local officials, and leaders of Evanston’s nonprofits. Learn more

we offer many options

starts Sept. 7

Leadership Evanston XXVI, the ten-month program begins with the September 7, 7pm orientation. View the program calendar.

Accepted participants can pay the registration fee online.

leadership alumni


Leadership Evanston alumni and friends celebrated the 25th anniversary on April 24, 2017. Our network of citizen leaders is making Evanston the best community it can be. Connect with 700+ alumni.

We can reach the broader community with your help! Contribute to the Leadership Fund.