6th Ward Alderman

Mark Tendam

Mark Tendum

Alderman Tendam has extensive experience in community action and leadership. He became a board member of Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV) in 1996, serving as President of the Board from 1997-2002. He was also a member and event co-chair of the McGaw YMCA Board, serving on the Y’s Residence Committee and a board member and committee chair of the Democratic Party of Evanston. Tendam is a graduate of the Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston program (2014), served on the steering committee of Leadership Evanston and is also a graduate of Evanston’s Citizen Police Academy (2010).

Mark’s leadership and direction on City Council is evident in his work transitioning the city’s library to a state-sanctioned fund model with an independent board, focusing city and private efforts for the performing arts on a single location in the city’s center, amending the affordable housing ordinance with more incentives for builders and reorganizing the Evanston Animal Shelter and animal control program. Tendam serves on the Rules, Planning and Development, Human Services, Economic Development, Parking and Transportation and City-School Liaison Committees as well as the Housing and Homelessness Commission.

Alderman Mark Tendam is a 1978 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. degree in Graphic Design. Mark practiced graphic design for 35 years—the last 20 of which he ran his own business. A long list of clients includes First Chicago, William M. Mercer, Cohn & Wolfe, Brach’s Candy and Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mark lives in northwest Evanston with his husband, Neal Moglin and two big red dogs. The couple use their home as a community clubhouse of sorts--hosting fundraisers for Evanston institutions such as their synagogue, Beth Emet, the Warren Cherry Foundation, Northlight Theatre, SASI, Youth Job Center and Y.O.U., as well as round tables and forums featuring local and national politicians.

Tendam is an avid Northwestern sports fan, amateur but enthusiastic gardener and boasts a lifelong love of Evanston. “As a young kid, my family would visit my mom’s best friend who lived at Mulford and Ridge. I realized then how special Evanston was by its proximity to Chicago and terrific parks and beaches. I still believe that is true.”