Pam Cytrynbaum

Restorative Justice Manager

Pam Cytrynbaum is a longtime restorative circle keeper in Evanston, a veteran investigative journalist, and an educator. As Moran Center’s Restorative Justice Manager, Pam offers community-building circle keeping; provides training, support, and coaching to organizations and community members interested in embedding restorative philosophy and practices within their work and lives; and directs advocacy efforts to promote the adoption of restorative justice practices within public institutions, including schools districts and the criminal legal system.

Pam is thrilled to work with her partner-in-peace, Emeric Mazibuko, Moran Center’s Restorative Justice Coordinator. (link to Emeric’s bio) Together, they guide Moran Center’s Community Peace Builders, a team of community Elders, and emerging adults (link to Peace Builders page) working to embed restorative practices throughout Evanston.

Pam and Moran Center’s Restorative Justice Team work with community-based organizations, schools, court officials, as well as parents and youth to introduce and support restorative practices. She offers informational sessions and circle trainings for schools, parents, and community members on the philosophy and practice of restorative justice, as well as models of implementation.

The Moran Center’s Restorative Justice Team is collaborating with Evanston Township High School District 202 and Northwestern University in several restorative efforts. Pam has led circles and trainings throughout Evanston/Skokie School District 65 schools and co-facilitated victim-offender conferences, community circles, and trainings with the Evanston Police Department. 

As an investigative journalist, Pam served as Senior Editor for Injustice Watch, executive director of the Chicago Innocence Center, associate director of the Justice Brandeis Law Project at Brandeis University, and as a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She taught at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a proud “Kit-Cat,” having graduated from Evanston Township High School (Wildkits) and Northwestern University (Wildcats). She is most proud of receiving the ETHS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018 and of being a Mom to an ETHS graduate.