About Us

We believe that when WE the People have the power,
great changes can be made.
We believe Putting Humanity First means paying it
Four Points Forward.



Jay La Plante

Interim Executive Director

Jay La Plante is an MBA Candidate (Class of 2020) concentrating in Energy Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Liautaud Graduate School of Business. He is the author of Business Interests and the Broader Political Agenda: Evidence from Russian Energy Sanctions. Jay's previous work includes serving the people of Northern Illinois as a Program Specialist with the American Red Cross's Disaster Cycle Services and a consultant with the Illinois Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. Through these roles, Jay responded to some of the worst natural disasters that we have experienced as a nation, seeing firsthand the impact of climate change on our communities. Jay's work afforded him the opportunity to work closely with municipalities and the private sector to build and facilitate community coalitions that speak to the diverse needs of their constituents. Jay holds a certification as an Energy Risk Insurance Specialist®.


Katherine Brown

Policy and Constituent Advocacy Coordinator

Katherine Brown holds a Master's in European Union Studies from the University of Illinois and has written extensively on international military and security issues. Katherine is the author of Theoretical Explanations for the Minsk II: Power, Preferences, and Interactions Examined. In 2018, Katherine served as a working group member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Drone Working Group in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. Her internships include 2 years in the United States Senate, a U.S. Presidential Campaign, and for the Hudson Institute of Political Military Analysis. She is currently a grant writer for a non profit working in the south suburbs of Chicago.


Guiding Principles


We are committed to managing a work environment that fosters the free flow of information up, down, and across all of our teams in accordance with our Guiding Principle of Trust.

Our workplace culture goes to great lengths to ensure that our team members are able to be authentic in all aspects of their work in accordance with our Guiding Principle of Respect.

We actively provide and protect accommodations for our team members on the basis of personal conviction under our Personal Conviction Accommodation Policy (PCAP) in accordance with

our Guiding Principle of Equity.


Our Teams


Personal Conviction Accommodation Policy (PCAP)

PCAP means Accountability
Humanity First for Illinois recognizes and affirms the fundamental human rights of all team members.
PCAP enables us to uphold Equity in the workplace and protect our most valuable asset – our team members.

PCAP aims:

  • to provide a clear, transparent, and protected process for Team Members to raise concerns about actions taken or policies enacted by Humanity First for Illinois, its Team Members, or external parties; and

  • to request reasonable accommodations to be able to continue to work as a Humanity First Team Member without significant work disruption.


Humanity First for Illinois does not concern itself with any distinction between what defines a “sincerely held” personal conviction and what does not.
We Trust our Team Members and Respect their personal convictions.

For more information regarding PCAP, reach out to us at


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