Lauren Wright: Executive Director

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Partners for Human Service has selected Lauren Wright as Executive Director. Wright is part of Illinois Partners’ next generation of leadership as the organization continues to develop and invest in innovative strategies to advocate for the entire human services sector, protect funding and fair policies, and ensure that human service providers have a seat at the table in Springfield.

Wright has experience engaging global partnerships with a focus on coalition building at the ground level, grassroots advocacy and sustainable programming. She served as Director of Programs at Mama Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to partnering with grassroots organizations around the globe and investing in programs that support education, climate justice, health, gender equality and financial security. Under her leadership, Mama Hope’s programs more than tripled in size from eight communities in four countries to 30 communities in nine countries.

In addition, Wright’s deep understanding of the challenges of rural communities, based on her work in Ghana at the United Hearts Children Center, will provide unique insights on nonprofit management, collaborative opportunities and the challenges of providing access and support to human services in rural Illinois.

Illinois Partners is the largest shared voice of human service organizations across the state with coalition partners in every county and legislative district. Illinois Partners focuses on collective advocacy to protect funding and fair policies for human services so that all Illinois residents can reach their potential and fully engage in their communities.