The Evanston Community Foundation has elected four new members to three-year terms on its board of directors —  Michael Brody, Julie Captain, Burgwell Howard and Kim Perutz. 

Brody, who’s lived in Evanston for 24 years, is a partner at Jenner & Block LLC, a Chicago law firm. He is co-chair of the firm’s class action practice, and a member of the complex commercial litigation practice.

He is on the board of the Family Defense Center, a Chicago group that provides legal services to families to help keep children and parents together in their homes. He’s also an adjunct law professor at the University of Chicago Law School and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.

Captain is the planned giving director at Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the philanthropic arm for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

She is vice president of the board of the Chicago Council of Planned Giving and joined the development committee at the Evanston Community Foundation last fall. She has lived in Evanston for nearly 10 years.

Howard came to Northwestern University in 2005 as the special assistant to the vice president of student affairs and was recently appointed dean of students.

He has spent the majority of his career working at colleges and universities around the country and has been involved with youth lacrosse efforts in different regions. He serves as an adviser to the Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association, and is a US Lacrosse official for youth through collegiate level lacrosse in Illinois. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Evanston.

Perutz has lived in Evanston for 25 years and has five children who have all attended Evanston public schools. She has been an active school volunteer and served in a number of PTA positions including fundraising, volunteer coordinator, environment and ESCCA chair.

She is a member of the Garden Club of Evanston, served on the 2009 ECF Grants Committee, and is a graduate of the 2009-2010 Leadership Evanston class. She teaches knitting and helped start knitting clubs at Lincolnwood and Haven school.

The foundation board also expressed thanks to outgoing board members John Balkcom, Deb Danson, Decature Tounsel, Sr. and Seth Weinberger for their dedicated service to the Foundation:.

The Evanston Community Foundation was established in 1986. Its total assets now exceed $12.5 million.

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