OUTstanding, a UK-based nonprofit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies, honors these executives as leaders who build work environments where LGBT employees can succeed and bring their whole selves to work. Honorees on the Top 100 list are recognized for both their excellence as leaders in business and their promotion of LGBT concerns in the workplace.
OUTstanding highlights Elyse Cherry's accomplishments at Boston Community Capital as well as her civic leadership activities:
Elyse has led Boston Community Capital (BCC) in becoming an industry leader on LGBTQ issues. Under her leadership, BCC was an early adopter of policies that supported equal opportunity regardless of sexual orientation and provided health insurance coverage for the partners of BCC’s LGBTQ employees—years before the law decreed it. From 2004 to 2006, Elyse chaired the Board of MassEquality during the height of that organization’s successful campaign for the establishment and protection of marriage equality in Massachusetts. She also signed BCC on to two Supreme Court amicus briefs in support of marriage equality, and in 2015, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice presented her with its “Fueling the Front Lines” award. She continues her 25 year practice of advocating for LGBT issues at the front lines of Massachusetts’ political and business communities.