Elyse Cherry is a national pioneer in impact investing, social innovation and community development finance. She serves as CEO of Boston Community Capital, a community development finance organisation that has invested over $1 billion and leveraged over $6 billion in underserved communities nation-wide. Elyse served as chair of the Board of MassEquality during its historic fight for marriage equality in Massachusetts. She was honoured to receive Fenway Health’s Susan Love Award as a champion of women’s health and Astraea Foundation’s Fueling the Front Lines award. Women’s eNews named her one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” and she is one of OUTstanding’s “Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders”. Elyse also serves on the Board of the Lesbian Political Action Committee.