presenters, partners, sponsors

During our 2019 – 2020 program year, Leadership Evanston was enriched through the generous support of businesses, organizations, and Evanston leaders. Community leaders presented and facilitated Leadership Evanston sessions. Leadership Evanston partnered with businesses. Numerous participants were sponsored by their employers.

speakers and facilitators

Leadership Evanston participants met and engaged with a wide variety of people making a difference in our community. Over the past few years, Leadership Evanston participants met, learned from these Evanston public, civic leaders, and business and organization leaders. 

Pon Angara Barkada Circle

Laura Antolin Evanston Public Library

Paul Arntson Northwestern University

Diana Bakitaan Youth Job Center

Arica Barton City of Evanston

Sheryl Bartol Connections for the Homeless

Wally Bobkiewicz City of Evanston

Betty Bogg Connections for the Homeless

Jason Brown Geocommunetrics

Kevin L Brown, JD City of Evanston

Leslie Brown Piven Theatre Workshop

Savannah Clement City of Evanston

Betty Cohns Reba Early Learning Center

Pamela Cytrynbaum James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Enjoli Daley Evanston Police Department

Paula Danoff Evanston Art Center

Dave Davis Neighborhood and Community Relations, Northwestern University

Leslie DeChurch Northwestern University

Karen Demorest Youth Job Center

Rev. Patricia Efiom City of Evanston

Christina Ernst Evanston Dance Ensemble and Dance Center Evanston

Sarah Flax City of Evanston

Victor Grimm James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Dr. Paul Goren District 65

Steve Hagerty Mayor, City of Evanston

Sheila Hebein St. Nicholas Catholics Church

Maryjoy Heineman Evanston Township High School

Takumi Iseda Evanston Township High School

Kay Israelite Evanston Scholars

Kumar Jensen City of Evanston

Tim Jones Good News Partners

Matthew Kaisor Evanston Township High School

Jennifer Kalas IRMCO

Amy Kaufman Community Partners for Affordable Housing

Nina Kavin Dear Evanston

Patrick Keenan-Devlin (LE XVIII) James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Kristen Kennard James B. Moran Center

Christine Kenny District 65 Literacy Works

Kelly Kleinman NFP Consulting

Tom Lenz Millenia Consulting

Gretchen Livingston District 202 Board of Education

Rabbi Andrea London Beth Emet

Sgt. Dennis Leaks Evanston Police Department

Kathy Lyons Center for Independent Futures

Sofia Martin Visitors & Tours, Rotary International

Paulina Martinez City of Evanston

Glen Madeja Frances Willard House

Dennis Marino Urban Regeneration Group LLC

Michael McLean Condor Partners

Sheila Merry Evanston Cradle to Career

Kevin Mott Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

Sensei Mui Hongaku for Buddhist Studies

Ismalis Nuñez SEED

Raphael Obafemi District 65

Father Robert Oldershaw St. Nicholas Church

Lori Osborne Frances Willard House and Archives

Eden Juron Pearlman Evanston History Center

Cindy Plante City of Evanston

Matt Poole Evanston Ecology Center

Otto Reinisch Episcopal Charities and Community Services


Jaretzeli Carolina Renteria (LE XXIII) District 65

Mary Rodino Evanston Township High School

Dino Robinson Shorefront Legacy Center

Lisa Robinson Erie Family Health Center

Joey Rodger Evanston Friends Meeting

Tim Rhoze Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre

Marybeth Schroeder Evanston Community Foundation

Rahul Sharma Funka Desi

Kathy Shaw Connections for the Homeless

Britt Shawer Housing Opportunities for Women

Michelle Shumate Northwestern University

Doug Seibold Agate Publishing

Britt Shawver Housing Options for Women

Ann Sickon Center for Independent Futures

Karen Singer (LE VI) YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Jill Skwerski Evanston Public Library

Evonda Thomas-Smith City of Evanston

Mark Tendam Former 6th ward alderman

Susan Trieschmann Curt’s Café

Rabbi Rachel Weiss Jewish Reconstructionist Synahogue

Kyle Wideman Evanston Police Department

Dorothy Williams Family Focus – Our Place

Adrian Willoughby Reba Place Development Corporation

Dr. Eric Witherspoon Evanston Township High School

Matt Yates Evanston Police Department

Paul Zalmezak City of Evanston



Numerous organizations provided food and meeting space to the program throughout the year.

Restaurants                              Bagel Art
Chicago Fire House Grill
Cross Rhodes
Curt’s Café
ETHS Catering
Eurest Catering
First Slice Pie Cafe
Jennifer’s Edibles
Kabul House
LaMacchina Café
Olive Mountain
Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Supreme Burrito
Chicago Fire House Grill
Curt’s Café South
Evanston Art Center
Evanston Dance Studio, Studio Five
Evanston Friends Meeting House
Evanston Public Library
First United Methodist Church
Five & Dime
Fleetwood-Jourdain Dance Studio
Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
Rotary International
Northwestern University
Temperance Beer Company
Vinic Wines
Ron Coulter
Jace Smith
818 Coworking
Agate Publishing
Bag Tags
Bramer Animal Hospital
Dream to Product/Solid Development Corp.
Hagerty Consulting
Kombucha Brava
Multilingual Connections
Nature Perspective Landscaping


employer sponsors

Leadership Evanston proudly partners with a wide variety of generous employers and organizations. By sponsoring participation in Leadership Evanston, organizations help their employees and volunteers build leadership and team skills useful in both community and work.Signature Program participants were sponsored for full or partial tuition in 2019 by these organizations.

Across the Table

Center for Financial Services Innovations            

Dreamtown Realty

Evanston Art Center

Evanston Community Bank

Evanston Community Foundation

Family Defense Center

First United Methodist Church


General Reinsurance

Metro Squash

Office of Laura Fine

Reef Environmental Education Foundation

 And, in recent years by these organizations:

Allowance for Good

Beth Emet Synagogue

Bramer Animal Hospital

Cherry Preschool

City of Evanston

Connections for the Homeless

Curt's Café

Downtown Evanston

Evanston Chamber of Commerce

Evanston Police Department

Evanston Public Library

Evanston/Skokie District 65

Evanston Township High School

Family Focus Evanston-Our Place

Family Promise Northshore

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary           

Hagerty Consulting

Have Dreams

Impact Behavioral Health Partners

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

Justin Wynn Fund

Literature for All of Us


Mudlark Theater

Nature's Perspective

Northwestern University

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Peer Services

Rotary International

Senior Connections

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Nicholas Catholic Church

Temperance Beer Co.

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.)

Youth Job Center

YWCA Evanston/North Shore