On June 30, Sheila Merry will step down from her position as Executive Director of Evanston Cradle to Career
On June 30, Sheila Merry will step down from her position as Executive Director of Evanston Cradle to Career

Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) has announced that Sheila Merry would step down as Executive Director of EC2C, effective June 30. The EC2C Operations Team has begun a search for her successor.

Ms. Merry joined EC2C as its founding Executive Director in early 2015. At the time, the initiative was a bold step in transforming the City of Evanston into a more equitable place for all residents. Over the last five years, EC2C has grown in size to include 40+ partner organizations and, as a United Way Neighborhood Network, has brought more than $1 million dollars into Evanston, much of which has been passed on to EC2C partner organizations.

Ms. Merry created collaborations between early childhood programs, worked with the Mayor’s Employers Advisory Council and maintained a commitment to promoting a broader understanding of the profound inequity in this community.

EC2C offered training in Beyond Diversity and SEED (Seeking Equity and Diversity) to more than 650 staff and board members of partner organizations.

Through its Advocates for Action, EC2C helped raise too-often-unheard community voices and, through the Advocate’s Community Building Grants, EC2C identified and supported diverse community leaders committed to creating a stronger community for all children and families.

Eric Witherspoon, Superintendent of Evanston Township High School, said, “Sheila Merry has done a terrific job as our founding Executive Director. She took an important idea for achieving system change through collective impact in Evanston and turned that idea into a reality. Evanston Cradle to Career has made significant progress and is flourishing today because of Sheila’s skillful and highly professional leadership. … We can all be thankful for what she has made possible for young people and their families in Evanston. We will miss her.”