Women's History Month Featured Evanstonians
March is Women's History Month! Throughout the month, the City will feature Evanston women who've made an impact in the community.
Evanston Women City Council Members
The City of Evanston has joined governments and elected officials across the nation in celebrating the accomplishments and selfless service of elected women nationwide as part of Women in Public Office Day, March 19. Six of Evanston’s nine wards are represented by women on the City Council. Women serving on the Evanston City Council include:
- Ald. Judy Fiske (1st Ward), 2009 to present
- Ald. Melissa A. Wynne (3rd Ward), 1997 to present
- Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th Ward), 2017 to present
- Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th Ward), 2016 to present
- Ald. Ann Rainey (8th Ward), 1983 to 1993 and 1997 to present
- Ald. Cicely Fleming (9th Ward), 2017 to present
Susan Trieschmann is familiar with untraditional paths. A graduate of Deerfield High School, she attended college for the first time at age 48 at Oakton Community College. After two years, she transferred to DePaul University where, inspired by a class she accidentally took in restorative justice, she received a bachelor’s degree in social justice.
Trieschmann who, since the age of 13 has worked in the food service industry, started her own catering company, Food for Thought Enterprise, alongside her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Curt Sharp, at the age of 25. Trieschmann also notably served as the Director of Catering at the Pump Room and is an original member of Restorative Justice Evanston (RJE), which "promotes and supports restorative justice activities, such as Community Peace Circles."
However, Trieschmann is perhaps best known as the executive director of Curt’s Café, which she founded in 2012 and named after her late brother-in-law. Curt’s Café, which has two locations in the north and south of Evanston, trains at-risk youth between the ages of 15 and 24 for three months in four disciplines: life, intellectual, food service, and experiential skills. Curt's has a return-to-prison rate of 3 percent, compared to a state and national rate of more than 80 percent.
Trieschmann's meaningful impact on the community has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2017 Oakton Community College Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2018 Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Distinguished Alumnus Award, and a L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth honoree. In addition, Trieschmann presented at the 2015 Tedx event in Winnetka. She and her husband of 32 years, Tom, have two children, Trevor and Anna.