Jennifer Chrisler has been leading the Family Equality Council team since 2005. A seasoned advocate for LGBT rights, she has extensive experience in all aspects of nonprofit management. She was a fundraising consultant for political campaigns and LGBT organizations, and served as Finance Director for the special election in the Massachusetts 9th Congressional district. She was honored for her work in the LGBT community in 2002 by the Massachusetts Freedom to Marry Coalition and in 2001 by the Human Rights Campaign. Jennifer also served as Director of Operations for SoftBank’s iGroup and as Director of Corporate Communications for American Science & Engineering, Inc. She spent five years as a staff director in the Massachusetts State Senate. Jennifer and her spouse, Cheryl Jacques, reside in Newton, MA with their twin sons Tim and Tom. She earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from Smith College in 1992.