When the first of her four children entered kindergarten, she began volunteering in the classroom and eventually became PTA president at Dewey Elementary. Tracy then served on the D65 School Board for eight years, three as President (2013-2016). Tracy is involved in Evanston’s Cradle to Career initiative as part of the Literacy Committee, which focuses on building bridges between early childhood education and D65. During her tenure on the school board, she came to appreciate how indispensable Y.O.U.’s work is in our community. Tracy believes that the past few years have been remarkable as YOU’s relationship with the schools has broadened and deepened, and she have seen this organization grow as a vital source of support for the children in our community.
Although she moved to Evanston at sixteen, she still considers herself a lifelong Evanstonian. After graduating from ETHS, she earned a BA from Stanford University and a PhD in Renaissance Literature from Yale University. She then moved back to Evanston after marrying a fellow Evanstonian, Neal Brady, to raise their four children, all of whom are either current or former students in Evanston’s public schools. Tracy first learned about Y.O.U. from her brother-in-law, Chip Brady, over twenty years ago. Although first as merely a spectator, she has since had the privilege of working with Y.O.U. in her capacity on the school board. Tracy now looks forward to deepening her involvement with this remarkable organization.