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

upcoming registrations

Leadership Evanston XXVII, the ten-month program begins in September. Program information and registration will be available in May, 2018.

Save the date, Thursday, October 25 for Snapshot Evanston, a one day tour of Evanston's important sites and visits with leaders around town. Registration will be begin during the summer.

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.