Bobby has deep roots in the Chicago area and is a lifelong resident of Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from Evanston Township High School and then attended Northeastern Illinois University. Bobby has always had a passion for civic engagement and was introduced to it at a young age when he worked on his mother's campaign for the Evanston Township High School Board position. It was at that time that he started thinking about a political career for himself, not as a politician, however as someone who could advocate for disenfranchised voters in local elections.
Bobby is deeply connected to his roots and his community in Evanston. He is the founder and lead facilitator of the African American Black and Caribbean Parent Group in District 65. This group is designed to build a welcoming and a safe space where parents and guardians of ABC children can come together to discuss policy, influence change, and learn about the initiatives in the District.
He is also an active board member and a fundraising co-chair for Open Communities. This organization seeks to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms, and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, disability, familial status, or source of income. Bobby is also a board member of the Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC). This organization is a local cooperative that engages the Evanston community in inter-generational social progress by building high-performing and sensible housing.
Bobby J Burns, President of Powering Campaigns