The Evanston RoundTable is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in everything that we do. 

We became a non-profit organization in 2020, following a 20-year history as a private company owned by Mary and Larry Gavin, our founders. Since our transition to a non-profit community based organization began, we have taken significant steps to expand our leadership and staff to reflect our community’s diversity.


The RoundTable is led by a diverse board of directors. Currently, more than one-third of our board seats are held by people of color. The RoundTable also has a broad, diverse Advisory Committee that helps guide our development and growth. This committee is large – it currently has 45 members – and nearly one-third of the committee’s members are people of color. Importantly, the committee members bring a wide array of expertise that is critical to our growth, including finance, law, communications, journalism, community organizations, philanthropy, business and  education.


Gina Castro
Gina Castro Credit: Susy Schultz

In September, 2022 the RoundTable welcomed its second recipient of the Medill School of Journalism Fellowship in Reporting on Social Justice and Race. This is a one-year, full time position for a young journalist focused on coverage of these critical issues in Evanston, and it will be awarded annually to a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s journalism school.

Our current fellow is Gina Castro, who recently completed a master’s degree at Medill focused on investigative journalism. Read Gina’s coverage here.

The inaugural Medill fellow, Debbie-Marie Brown, graduated from Medill’s Master of Science In Magazine Journalism program in the summer of 2021; she completed her B.S. in Journalism in June, 2020, with a minor in African-American Studies. Debbie-Marie currently is a social justice reporter at the Chicago Reader, and she serves on the RoundTable’s Advisory Committee.