Meet Team ESIL
Harish I. Patel
Harish I. Patel is the Director of Economic Security for Illinois, which he founded in 2019. He now leads ESIL staff in their daily functions and drives the organization’s long-term vision. Previously, Harish started his career working in community organizing and then shifted to craft policy at innovative nonprofits such as New America Chicago and Accelerate Change. He co-founded Chicago Votes, a non-profit organization that has played a critical role in the passage of a few landmark voting rights laws in recent years in Illinois. Harish is a New Leaders Council fellow, a former small business owner, and a proud immigrant. Harish holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Reach out to Team ESIL to get in touch with Harish.
Jenna Severson is the Communications & Digital Manager for Economic Security for Illinois. She leads both ESIL and its coalition partners in press response, social media strategy, and narrative change work. Previously, Jenna worked at the research and policy nonprofit Woodstock Institute, where she fought for equitable financial services policy at the local-, state- and national-level; she also worked in various nonprofits doing community organizing, disability services, refugee rights, and HIV/AIDS support. Jenna currently serves as a co-chair of Equality Illinois' Emerging Leaders Circle. Jenna earned her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago.
Reach out to Jenna for media inquiries
Gabriela 'Gaby' Bosquez is the Program Manager for Cash & Narrative Change for Economic Security for Illinois. Previously, Gabriela was a Labor Organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), working towards bringing union jobs to service workers in O’Hare airport and Residential buildings in Chicago. Gabriela is an interdisciplinary artis and a lead host Chicago Vote’s of Sh*t Talks, an interview series that brings young Chicagoans together to discuss political issues affecting our community and engages young people to become politically active through arts and culture. Gabriela is a graduate of Carleton College with a B.A in Latin American Studies and a concentration in Educational Studies.
Hannah Gregor is the Program Manager for Operations & Future of Work for Economic Security for Illinois. She manages the daily operations and supports the various programs of ESIL, while engaging with partners and stakeholders to drive our Future of Work vision. Previously, Hannah did research and analysis of economic policy at The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, which educates the new generation of social workers and researches social policy interventions from the community to the national stage. She has also worked on disability justice, drug reentry courts, and electoral organizing. Hannah is a graduate of Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice with a Masters Degree in Social Work.
Erion Benjamin Malasi is the Director of Policy & Advocacy for Economic Security for Illinois. He responsible for managing our coalition work, including crafting policy proposals and campaigns to make Illinois’ tax system more equitable and to expand direct cash and income supports. Erion is bringing his legislative experience as a House Budget & Research Staffer and his organizing skills as a former community relations manager for University of Chicago’s Law Clinic on Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for Political Science and a Running Start student at Southwestern Illinois College.
Reach out to Erion for policy or coalition questions.