Candance has been a passionate advocate for children and families across the Northshore for the past fifteen years.
She knows firsthand the challenges faced by many of our working families. Raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, Candance understood from an early age that the path to a better future depends on an excellent education. She spent her career focused on helping families like hers succeed through access to high quality education and well-resourced social services.
Candance has deep roots as a community advocate and civic leader. She is currently serving her second term on the District 65 school board representing the needs of 7,800 children in Evanston and Skokie. Through her work as Finance Chair and Board President, she recently guided the District through a period of significant financial uncertainty, ultimately helping pass a referendum to support the schools with an overwhelming 80% approval.
Candance cares deeply about our most vulnerable citizens. Candance recently initiated the need for a city/school taskforce in Evanston to better meet the needs of an increasing number of refugee families in our schools and community. She has worked on issues related to affordable housing and homelessness, serving as board member for Community Partners for Affordable Housing, a founding member of COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents of Evanston) and a volunteer for Family Promise Northshore and Evanston's Connections for the Homeless. Currently, Candance is working with community partners to create a stability fund for families at risk of losing their homes. She became invested in this specific issue after helping families at her children’s school who did not have stable homes, a situation that causes trauma for the children and affects their ability to succeed in school. Candance believes we must serve and walk alongside the entire family to ensure our youngest can thrive.
She has also advocated for services outside the classroom for struggling youth, serving as Co-Chair of Evanston Cradle to Career committee on Health, Safety and Wellness. She also served as PTA President for her local elementary school, where she partnered to expand learning programs before and after school and during the summer to ensure more children received the opportunities they deserve for enrichment and challenge beyond the school day.
Because of her effective leadership in our community, Candance was recently appointed to serve as an Executive Fellow in the McCormick Foundation’s Early Childhood Policy Leadership Fellowship, where she meets with policy experts in search of statewide solutions to many of the issues facing our youngest and most vulnerable students. She began her career in Washington, D.C., where she worked as an advocate for educational and workplace equity for women and girls. Since leaving business school, Candance has consulted with nonprofits and early stage businesses to help improve their ability to serve clients and identify opportunities for growth.
Candance holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in strategy and nonprofit management. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Public Communications and International Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Candance lives with her family in Evanston, which she has called home since attending Kellogg at Northwestern. Her husband, Dan Chow, currently works at the Kellogg School of Management in Executive Education. They have two beautiful daughters, aged 12 and 15, in local public schools. Candance has been an active leader in her church community as a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette.