Mike Ziri

Director of Public Policy

Michael Ziri, a veteran in legislative affairs and a former Springfield elected official, is the Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois.

Mike Ziri with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

Mike spearheads an aggressive legislative agenda in Springfield, builds and strengthens relationships with officials and political leaders throughout the state and in Washington, D.C., and develops policy initiatives. He also staffs the election-related activities of the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee.

Joining Equality Illinois in January 2015, Mike brought to the organization seven years of experience working for Illinois state government, capped by his current position as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. His previous positions included legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, legislative analyst in Gov. Pat Quinn’s office, and legal assistant for the EPA.

He also served two terms as Trustee of the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority, making Mike the first openly gay elected official in Sangamon County.

A native of Springfield, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree at Illinois College in Jacksonville and his master’s degree at the University of Illinois Springfield.

“I am excited and honored to join the Equality Illinois team and work with its dedicated professionals to advance full LGBT equality in Illinois and nationally,” Mike said when he came on board. “Illinois has made significant advancements in equality, but we still have more work to do. We must continue to educate and advocate for equal treatment in Illinois and Washington, D.C. I look forward to joining the fight.”