Elizabeth Tisdahl

Mayor, City of Evanston

Elizabeth Tisdahl has lived in Evanston for 37 years and was elected Mayor in April 2009.

Mayor Tisdahl’s political experience started when she served twelve years on the Evanston Township High School Board of Education beginning in 1989, including two years as President of the Board. From 2003 to 2009 she served as the 7th Ward Alderman. She also won the Democratic Party of Evanston Community Service Award in 2002.

While serving on the school board, Elizabeth was elected by the boards and superintendents of ED-RED (Education Research and Development), a consortium of over 100 northern Illinois public school districts, to chair the organization and lobby on its behalf in Springfield. In this capacity, she managed to secure critical funding for Evanston schools.

Mayor Tisdahl was a founding member in 1987 of the Mothers Against Gangs School Liaison, which sponsored Drop-In Nights at Evanston Township High School; she was co-chair from 1992 until 1995. She also served on the Evanston Community Foundation Advisory Committee between 1987 and 1995. Mayor Tisdahl’s many honors include the Park School Certificate of Recognition in 1992, the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center Salute to Women in Human Services Appreciation Award in 1999, and the Chessmen Club Community Service Award in 2002.

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