The Evanston Public Library is governed by a diverse, dynamic and committed Board of Trustees. Residing in Evanston for more than 236 years the Board brings their leadership, skills and commitment to excellence in library service to their role as a governing board.
The President of the Evanston Public Library is Michael Tannen. A graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, President Tannen has been a practicing lawyer for 20 years. Through his firm, his practice represents corporations and individuals in civil litigation, arbitration and administrative law. His publications and speeches cover a variety of topics including patient confidentiality, ethics, confidentiality and liability. An active supporter of libraries and community based library service, President Tannen applies his analytical, collaborative and research skills to library policy discussions and decisions. He and his family have resided in Evanston for more than 8 years.
Sandra Smith is a lifelong resident of Evanston and worked in the Walgreens Corporate Office for over 12 years. Sandra has been a member of the Evanston North-Shore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 20 years. A graduate of the Keller Graduate School of Management, Sandra received her MBA in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grambling State University.
Margaret Lurie, Vice-President and Chair of the Fund for Excellence Fundraising Committee has a long history of community service including 20 years on the District 202 Board – with 3 terms as President. In addition to raising four children, Vice-President Lurie and a friend owned and operated Possibilities, an iconic store which was located on Chicago Avenue. A graduate (Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from the University of Chicago, Lurie has also taught American History at the high school level. Margaret and her husband Paul have lived in the 3rd Ward for 39 years.
Socorro Clarke is serving her first full term as a Library Trustee. Trustee Clarke was born in Mexico and lived in Chicago before moving to Evanston in 1998. She has worked at the Childcare Network of Evanston since 2006. Trustee Clarke has a 15 year old daughter who is attending Evanston Township High School. She and her daughter have both attended St. Nicholas Church and Evanston Public Library programs since her daughter was born. Socorro places a high value on the importance of education and recognizes the critical role that the Evanston Public Library plays in providing access to reading and research materials. In her work at the Childcare Network of Evanston, Trustee Clarke often provides referrals to EPL’s free resources to low income families such as income tax return preparation and legal advice.
Victoria Foreman has a M.A.T. degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePaul University and certification in Elementary Education. Trustee Foreman adds her expertise in education and learning to library discussions. With more than 20 years’ experience in nonprofit and educational environments, working with children from infancy to undergraduate levels, she brings both an educator’s and parent’s perspective to library service. Trustee Foreman is currently the Assistive Technology Coordinator for Evanston Township High School. Along with her husband and four children, Trustee Foreman has resided in the 4th ward for 25 years.
Adam Goodman is serving his first term as a Library Trustee. An Evanston resident since 2007, he directs Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership and is a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering. A long time advisor to boards of directors and senior executives in industry and non-profit organizations, Trustee Goodman works with the Public Library Association to help future library leaders better understand the evolving challenges and opportunities for public libraries as well as the leadership required to advance their work. As a community volunteer, he’s also worked with the Youth Job Center and the Evanston Community Foundation, among others.
Shawn Iles is in his first term as an Evanston Public Library Trustee and is Co-Treasurer of the Board. He earned a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State and a Bachelor of Arts in International and Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to moving to Evanston in 2011, he worked at the Orange Public Library and History Center in Orange, CA. He is the stay-at-home father of four Lincoln Elementary students. His volunteer work includes AYSO soccer coaching, Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Evanston Producemobile, Lincoln School Bookery, and other PTA activities.
Vaishali Patel is the Secretary of the Board and has a MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BS in Education from The Ohio State University. She has taught various social science classes including US Government, World History, Global Issues and AP European History at high schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana and New York City. Vaishali holds an Illinois secondary teaching certificate in Social Science-History. She has a variety of community service experience ranging from teaching English to recent immigrants to advising several high school community service organizations. Vaishali is currently working as a tutor with the AVID program at ETHS and also teaches conversational English to professionals in Japan online. She has two children that attend Kingsley elementary where she is currently on the PTA board as fundraising chair. Her husband (a former ETHS graduate), their two children and Vaishali are proud to call Evanston home and have been residents since 2010.
Benjamin Schapiro is Co-Treasurer of the Board and has been a librarian for more than 35 years, graduating from Columbia University with a Masters of Science in Library Service in 1978. During his career, he has worked in almost every major branch in the profession. Schapiro raised his two sons in Evanston; living in the City since 1981. Over the years, Ben has been active in the Dawes School PTA, on the Board of the Chute Booster Club (athletics promotion/fundraising) and served on the Chute PTA, held the office of President of the Dewey Community Conference, was an AYSO soccer coach, and is active in the Evanston Bicycle Club.