Lisa Gilmore, LCPC, MEd

Lisa Gilmore

Principal & Founder, Illinois Accountability Initiative

Lisa Gilmore is Principal & Founder of Illinois Accountability Initiative (IL-AI), which strives to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in their self-determined efforts to create and sustain accountability practices in local communities, among individuals, and within systems and institutions. IL-AI believes that community accountability practices can increase safety and reduce harm in the lives of LGBTQ people, transforming communities and directly challenging social conditions that support oppression and violence in many forms. IL-AI is a proud and active member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Ms. Gilmore currently serves as Lead Consultant on the Alliance of Local Service Organizations’ (ALSO’s) Underserved Technical Assistance Project for the Office on Violence Against Women’s Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Grant. She is also a Consulting Associate with Morten Group, LLC, a national consulting firm specializing in organizational and resource development, including a specialty in incorporating racial equity efforts within strategic planning and everyday organizational practices. Previously, Ms. Gilmore served as Director of Education & Victim Advocacy at Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBTQ community center. While at the Center from 2005 – 2013, she provided victim services and guided the work of the Anti-Violence Project, the Legal Program, professional training and technical assistance, and the implementation of the Center’s formal systems-level advocacy efforts—all aimed at reducing the impact of bias in the lives of LGBTQ people. Ms. Gilmore is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has provided individual counseling, group support, and crisis counseling to hundreds of survivors and witnesses of domestic, sexual, hate, police, and HIV status-related violence. In March 2012, Ms. Gilmore was honored as one of four “Women of Distinction” by Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of the State of Illinois, during the inaugural year of this Women’s History Month event. Before dedicating herself to LGBTQ-specific anti-violence efforts, Ms. Gilmore worked for several years with adults dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness.