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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 organizations 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 a few landmark voting rights laws in recent years in Illinois.