Trustee Donald J. Gelfund, who has served on the Board since 2009, is president of the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation. He has represented Niles Township at local tax increment finance meetings and hearings, which have significant impact on the Township. He has also served as secretary of the Cook County Trustees Division of Township Officials and has represented the Township at many community events and activities.
In addition to his work developing several current programs, Trustee Gelfund consistently spreads the word about important Township services and has helped raise funds for the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation.
Prior to serving as a Niles Township trustee, Trustee Gelfund was a member of Lincolnwood's 911 Emergency Telephone System Board for two years and chairman of Lincolnwood's Traffic Commission from 2005 to 2017. He was named Lincolnwood's 2015 Madeleine Grant Volunteer of the Year and participates annually in Lincolnwood Fest, a four-day carnival and concert festival, among other activities. (If you’ve been to National Night Out in Lincolnwood in recent years, you’ve probably seen Trustee Gelfund behind the grill making and serving hot dogs).
Trustee Gelfund grew up in Skokie and graduated from Fairview South School and Niles West High School before attending Bradley University and receiving a B.S. in business. He has worked as a realtor since 1989 and is licensed with RE/MAX Properties Northwest. He now lives in Lincolnwood with his wife, Lauren (and two rescue cats).
A lifelong car buff, he has been a highlight of the 4th of July Parades in Skokie and Morton Grove and the Lincolnwood Memorial Day Parade driving an iconic vintage convertible that he had owned for many years.