Elise Malary (she/her) is a Chicago Therapy Collective Board Member and key player for the #HireTransNOW initiative. She is thrilled to be a part of the collective as she is extremely passionate about advancing social justice for the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC community, especially trans people of color. In 2016, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago which is where she began her work with LGBTQ organizations. She brings her years of experience in advocacy, community organizing, communications, administration, nonprofit development, and sales in this role. She currently serves on the community advisory group for Equality Illinois and fundraises for community organizations.