Sol Anderson, a former youth coordinator for the City of Evanston, has been named president and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation.

The selection of Anderson, who most recently served as executive director of I Grow Chicago, an Englewood nonprofit working to eradicate the roots of violence, was announced by the ECF board today.

ECF Board Chair Larry Singer said, “Through successive leadership positions Sol has developed the leadership, development, strategic thinking and community outreach skills needed to guide ECF and position us for a very strong future. Most importantly, Sol is deeply passionate about our community and our ability to effect strong, positive change in Evanston.”

Anderson previously spent four years as executive director in Chicago for LIFT, Inc., an organization that partners with parents to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and to build prosperity.

He has lived or worked in Evanston for the past 15 years.

“I’m proud to call Evanston home,” Anderson said in a statement. “This community has the capacity to nurture each one of its residents and give every Evanstonian a chance to thrive. I believe ECF can, and should, play a pivotal role in making that a reality.”

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in social relations and an MBA from Michigan State University.

ECF, founded in 1986, started this year with more than $30 million in assets.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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