Harish I. Patel
Harish I. Patel is the Director of Economic Security IL. Previously, Harish was the deputy director of New America Chicago, a non-partisan policy innovation lab, Violence Prevention Coalition-Organizer on Chicago’s Southwest side, and Social Innovator for Accelerate Change, where they help social change organization build financially sustainable membership benefits. Harish also was a co-owner of a fair-trade clothing line, Ishi Vest and co-founded Chicago Votes, a non-profit organization that has played a critical role in the passage of few landmark voting rights laws in recent years in Illinois.
Harish holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been a fellow at Green For All, New Leaders Council, Imagining America’s Publicly Active Graduate Education, South Asian American Policy and Research Institute and UIC Social Justice Initiative.
Harish is a proud immigrant who moved to Illinois from Gujarat, India at 14 and now lives on Chicago’s Northwest Side. He is obsessed with his plants and staying caffeinated by drinking mochas!
Amber Wilson is the State Coalition Manager for Economic Security for Illinois. Amber is originally from Indianapolis, IN. and completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN where she is also completing her MS in health sciences with a concentration in public health. In her previous work Amber developed a passion for helping underserved populations while assisting in the dissemination of health and social resources to at-risk populations. She looks forward to building a strong coalition and working with grassroots partners to support the mission of ESIL. She loves exploring her new state with her daughter.