After being a member and communications committee volunteer of DPOE for about 3 years, I am pleased to be a part of the Board. Born in Chicago, grew up in Evanston and Skokie, I have been living here in Evanston for the last 10 years. I have an BS in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a Writing degree from Northwestern, and a MA in Writing from DePaul University. I teach writing at DePaul and Northwestern Universities. Also, I teach cycle classes at the McGaw YMCA. I love my 3 adult children and Cubs baseball. My activism began following my mom door-to-door canvassing for Abner Mikva, and just this last February I ran phone bank training for the Warren Campaign. I look forward to being a part of change in this country.
I’ve lived in Evanston for nearly 50 years in the First Ward. I graduated from ETHS as did both of my sons. I have been teaching at ETHS for 28 years. I’ve won several teaching awards including the Northwestern University Red Apple Award for my work with the Latino/ Spanish Speaking students and have been involved in a good number of successful Evanston movements. From spearheading the successful effort to close the Evanston Hospital Medical Waste Incinerator(I was awarded the DPOE Committeeman Award). Our broad Evanston movement in collaboration with The Sierra Club, led to State and Federal legislation on medical waste incineration. I debated the Illinois Senate on the topic in Springfield. I was also a key leader in the successful effort and movement to improve education for our Spanish Speaking students at ETHS which led to fundamental advances and significant permanent beneficial changes for this population at ETHS.
I am a local community advocate and political organizer. I currently consult for Evanston Latinos as a community outreach coordinator providing COVID-19 relief for undocumented and mix- statues families who have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic. I am invested in the Latino communities’ access to equitable education, resources, and representation in local government. I have worked as a campaign manager, field director, organizer, and volunteer for many candidates like Jan Schakowsky, Laura Fine, Jen Gong Gershowitz, Cam Davis, Kim Foxx, and Toni Preckwinkle.
Dr. Larry Murphy
I moved to Evanston from El Cerrito, CA, in 1974 with my wife, Dr. Jean C. Murphy, to serve on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. Continued that employment from 1974 until retirement, 2013. Also served on ministerial staff of the Ebenezer AME Church, Evanston, 1976 – 1998. Currently co-owner, with my wife, of YoFresh Cafe on Chicago ave in Evanston. Am a certified voter Registrar. Active in the past in several Democratic electoral campaigns, e.g. candidate phone banking and canvassing (Evanston, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana.)
I was born and raised in Evanston, and am a life long second ward resident, and an ETHS graduate. I’m a board member of Evanston Community Lake House and Gardens. I led Harley Clarke Community in three successful community conversations to discuss what Evanston residents envision for the Harley Clark lakefront public space. I’m a former Justin Wynn leadership board member and a proud parent of a 2000 award winner. I’m a current NAACP member and a Core group member of Reclaim Evanston. I’m focused on working towards a more equitable, transparent and better government for all the residents of Evanston. Currently I’m one of the founding members of Feeding the Village Evanston that was initiated during the pandemic to help food insecure families from D65. The food is donated to our organization and we then distribute the food to various schools based on families in need at each school. Currently we have joined forces with a local church to restart and revitalize a food pantry. Our team has stepped up to help get food packaged and ready for families to pickup weekly.
I took advantage of all ETHS had to offer while growing up here in a family of educators. I graduated from Indiana University and earned a MBA at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. My career as an executive included Xerox Corporation and Abbott Laboratories. While working at Abbott I also was an adjunct faculty member at Lake Forest College and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Raising a family in Lake Bluff. I served on the Library, Museum, Zoning and Park District boards while being the Abbott liaison for United Way and Nicasa. In retirement, I returned to Evanston with my wife Judy, and volunteers for the Evanston High School Foundation, Alumni Association and Evanston Mentors program.
BOARD MEMBERS TO BE RENEWED
- Barbara Cornew
- Dan Jordan
- Betsy Soete
- Rachel Ruttenberg, President
- Greg Andrus, Vice President and Nominating Chair
- Mara Jauntirans, Secretary