Peter Braithwaite brings a strong track record of leadership and innovation to the Roundtable board with experience in business development, community relations, and government. For 11 years, Peter served as Evanston’s Second Ward Alderman. Currently as Northwestern University’s Director of Procurement Diversity and Community Engagement, he focuses on the development, implementation and management of overall procurement diversity strategy. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Vicente De La Cruz is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with 36 years of experience in the U.S. Hispanic community. Currently, and for the past 11 years, he has been News Writer for Univision Chicago. He twice served as Editor-in-Chief of La Raza Newspaper in Chicago, one of the most important and influential Hispanic publications in the nation. He has won multiple awards given by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Mr. De La Cruz has been an Evanston resident since 2006.
Ellen Galland is the secretary of the RoundTable board. She has lived in Evanston since 1977. Her three daughters went through the Evanston school system and her twin granddaughters are now at Dewey School. She has had an architectural practice in Evanston since 1983, until recently located in the storefront of a former bakery on Florence Avenue. She graduated from Vassar College and the University of Illinois School of Architecture. She has served on the boards of Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston, now Impact Behavioral Health Partners, the Evanston History Center, and the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse. For more than 20 years she has written articles for the RoundTable, including, at one time, the biweekly column “Ask An Architect”.
Mark Miller is the vice president of the RoundTable board. He is a journalist and author and long-time Evanston resident. He covers retirement and aging for national news outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters and Morningstar. His books include the forthcoming “Retirement Reboot: Commonsense Financial Strategies for Getting Back on Track” (January, 2023) and “Jolt: Stories of Trauma and Transformation” (2018). Mark brings deep management expertise in the news industry to the Evanston Roundtable board, having previously served as editor of Crain’s Chicago Business and deputy managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. He also was the founding publisher and editor of Tribune Company’s Satisfaction magazine, and directed the Community News Project, a communications campaign aimed at generating coverage of public policy topics coinciding with the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He is a founding co-president of Tzedek Chicago, a social justice-focused synagogue. His other not for-profit experience includes service on the boards of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Evanston Community Foundation and the Housing Opportunity Development Council. He is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago. Mark and his wife, Anita Weinberg, have lived in Evanston since 1986 and are the proud parents of three graduates of District 65 and Evanston Township High School.
Tracy Quattrocki is the board president and executive editor of the RoundTable. An educator and long-time community leader, Tracy has taught for many years as an adjunct professor of literature and the humanities at George Washington University, Roosevelt University, and most recently, Carthage College. She served on the District 65 School Board for eight years, including three as President (2013-2016). Since then, she has mentored first-generation college students through Evanston Scholars and served on the Y.O.U. board. After graduating from ETHS, she earned a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in literature from Yale University. She returned to Evanston with her husband to raise their four children. Tracy brings to the Evanston RoundTable a deep connection to the Evanston community, a dedication to service, and a love of good stories.
Heidi Randhava has been part of the Evanston RoundTable team since 2016, where she covers local news and events as a writer and photographer. Some of the threads that weave through Heidi’s personal and professional life include 25 years of communications and marketing experience and a deep commitment to community engagement and service. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in marketing and advertising from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she was a technical writer for the Xytel Group. She was the Adult Literacy Project Coordinator in the Adult and Continuing Education program housed at Evanston Township High School. She also served as Interim Executive Director for Evanston Community Development Corporation to develop and manage programming for the revitalization of Evanston’s Westside. Having resided in Evanston for more than 35 years, Heidi is the parent of two adult children who developed their love of learning and sense of community in Evanston public schools. She has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Justin Wynn Fund and Oliver A. Ruff Educational & Mentoring Scholarship.
Charles Whitaker is dean and professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He previously served as the Helen Gurley Brown Professor and associate dean of journalism for the school.
Before joining the Medill faculty, Whitaker was a senior editor at Ebony magazine, where he covered a wide range of cultural, social and political issues and events on four continents, including two U.S. presidential campaigns and the installation of the first black members of the British Parliament. He has received commendations for his work from a number of journalism societies, including the National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists and National Education Writers Association.
Whitaker has contributed articles to the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, Chicago Parent magazine, and Folio, the magazine of the magazine industry. In addition, he is an editorial consultant to CATALYST magazine, a publication dedicated to coverage of the Chicago Public Schools, and served as president of the editorial board of the Chicago Reporter, an acclaimed investigative publication that covers issues of race and class.
Karen Young is the board treasurer and CFO of the RoundTable. She has 20 years of institutional investment experience as a research analyst and portfolio manager with Kidder Peabody & Company, Stein Roe & Farnham, Allstate Insurance and Silver Oak Services Partners. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), with a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has served on the Evanston Public Library Investment Committee, First United Methodist Church of Evanston’s Finance and Investment Committees and District 65 and Evanston Township High School PTA Councils. She has volunteered with Hands of Peace and with the microfinance organization South Pacific Business Development. A recent award-winning contributor to the Evanston RoundTable, Karen has lived in Evanston for more than 20 years with her husband, Jim, and their three children.