Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has tapped Peter Braithwaite to be the new 2nd Ward alderman.
Braithwaite will be taking the place of Lionel Jean-Baptiste, in February to serve as a judge in the 9th Sub-Circuit Court of Cook County.
“Peter will be a caring, responsive and idealistic alderman; I am delighted and honored to appoint him to be the Second Ward Alderman,” Tisdahl said in a press release.
Braithwaite grew up in Evanston's 2nd Ward with his four siblings and is the son of Jamaican immigrants. Growing up in Evanston, Braithwaite attended , and He later attended the University of Kansas where he studied psychology with an emphasis in African-American studies and human development.
Braithwaite has spent more than a decade serving others, according to a written release from the city. His service includes a position as a case manager at Association House of Chicago, project coordinator for Evanston's "I Have a Dream Project," and interim youth director at . Currently, he is an independent sales consultant.
Braithwaite now lives in the Penny Park with his wife and four children.