For over 15 years Imani Rupert-Gordon has worked to advance social justice efforts by working in higher education, social work, and nonprofit management.
Imani Rupert-Gordon serves as the Executive Director of Affinity Community Services. Affinity is a social justice organization that works to support the entire LGBTQ+ community, with an emphasis on Black LGBTQ+ women. Imani has delivered presentations and keynote addresses on topics of intersectionality and diversity and inclusion, as well as issues pertaining to LGBTQ+ youth, LGBTQ+ older adults. In addition, Imani serves on the Illinois State Treasurer's LGBT Advisory Council; the governing board of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago's United Pride Executive committee. Most recently, Imani was selected to serve as a member of the Democratic Party of Illinois Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee for the 2020 Presidential election.
Previously, Imani served as the Director of the Broadway Youth Center (BYC), part of Howard Brown Health. There she worked with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability. During her tenure, Imani led an advisory board that made recommendations for the new permanent location and future for BYC. Additionally, under her leadership, the BYC saw an expansion of services and an increase in the number of participants served.
Prior to coming to Chicago, Imani worked for 8 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There, she served as a lecturer and administrator. She was also the founder of the Social Fiction Conference. This conference continues to create a forum that allow students dismantle biases and examine issues of social justice through science fiction, gaming and fantasy.
Imani holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master's degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.