9th Ward Alderman

Coleen Burrus


Coleen Burrus has served as the City of Evanston 9th Ward Alderman since 2009. She has more than two decades in public service at the local, regional, and federal levels. Her emphasis on fiscal responsibility is at the center of her approach for analyzing and evaluating policies and funding decisions.

Burrus has played a central role in budget discussions, particularly on fire and police pension funding and building/infrastructure maintenance and improvements. As a member of the Housing and Community Development Act committee and the Human Services committee she has been a strong advocate for increased support of workforce development, mental health, and senior services. She also serves on the Economic Development, Rules, Administration and Public Works, Transportation and Parking, and 911 Emergency committees.

In 2006, Burrus was appointed by Mayor Lorraine Morton to serve on the Plan Commission. She served as Chair of the Plan Commission Rules Committee.  She is a graduate of the Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership program and the Evanston Citizens’ Police Academy.  She serves as a mentor for young adult women through the Youth Job Center and is a member of the Women Invested in Learning and Livelihoods advisory board.

In addition to her aldermanic role, Burrus is the Senior Director of Corporate Engagement at Northwestern University. Previously she served as the University’s Associate Director for Foundation Relations. Prior to her tenure at Northwestern, she was the Director of Foundation and Government Relations at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies. She was also a lecturer at North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, as well as a lecturer and member of the Advisory Board for Benedictine University's Ed.D. Program.

Burrus was a Community Builder Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Rocky Mountain region and a Senior Planner for St. Louis County, Missouri. She served as an urban planning consultant for the Council of Greenwich in the UK.

She earned a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University and certificates from the Kennedy School Executive Education program, the International City/County Managers’ Association, the International Town Gown Association, and the American Institute of Certified Planners.


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