Mare Ralph (they/them) joined Housing Action Illinois as a National Service Program Associate in June 2021. Mare completed a year of service as a VISTA at Kentucky Youth Career Center in 2018, building youth leadership and service-learning opportunities. Mare also worked as a teacher, mentor, and restorative justice facilitator while in Kentucky, before returning to Chicago for graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Before joining the Housing Action team, they interned at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law and worked at UIC’s Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement while earning a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy.
Mare has organized space for queer and transgender youth as a co-founder of Girls Rock Louisville and currently sits on Girls Rock! Chicago’s Board of Directors and the Girls Rock Camp Alliance’s Caucus Advisory Council. They also participate in mutual aid with Market Box. They live in South Shore with their partner, dog, and many cats.