The Evanston RoundTable elected former Second Ward Council Member Peter C. Braithwaite to its board of directors in the latest expansion of its leadership team.
Braithwaite, who stepped down as the representative of Evanston’s second ward last summer, is director of procurement diversity and community engagement at Northwestern University. He grew up in the Second Ward as the youngest of five children and the son of Jamaican immigrants. He attended Dewey, Nichols and Evanston Township High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a focus in African American studies and human development, from the University of Kansas. He is married with four children and one grandson.
“I’m excited about the progress the RoundTable has been making, and I look forward to getting involved,” he said.
Braithwaite joins the RoundTable as it heads toward its third year of growth operating as Evanston’s nonprofit news outlet.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Peter join the board,” said Tracy Quattrocki, board president and executive editor of the RoundTable. “With his extensive knowledge of city government from his years on the council, his engagement with the business sector and his deep roots in the community, Peter will be a tremendous asset to the RoundTable. Even better, he’s a really great person to work with.”
In other leadership developments, board member Ellen Galland was elected secretary of the RoundTable, replacing Heidi Randhava as an officer. Randhava continues to serve on the board. Evan Girard stepped down from the board to focus on her role as the RoundTable’s business operations manager.
The RoundTable became a nonprofit news outlet in 2020. It is governed by a board composed of eight members who bring expertise in journalism and publishing, finance and community affairs. The RoundTable also benefits from a diverse and talented group of people – all of whom have significant ties to Evanston – who serve on its Advisory Committee. One important role of the Advisory Committee is to provide input to members of the board and the editorial staff about ways to improve the educational value of the paper and help ensure that we address issues with a lens on social justice and equity.