About Traci

Traci D. Ellis is a Chicago based attorney, and Chief Human Resources and Equity Officer, frequent speaker and workshop facilitator on building equitable, anti-racist and inclusive organizations. She is also the author of "The Exceptional Negro: Racism, White Privilege and the Law of Respectability Politics."

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business & Industry at Florida A & M University and a Juris Doctor degree at The Ohio State University, College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Illinois.

In addition to her professional pursuits, she is also very active in her community. She was an elected official, serving seven years as a member of a large, urban school district before resigning in April, 2018 to pursue her social justice advocacy on a broader and deeper scale. She also served six years as a member of the board of directors of a hospital in one of the largest hospital systems in the country and continues to volunteer in her community.

Traci was named the 2012 YWCA Leader Award winner of the Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business and Professions, as well as the 2018 City of Elgin, IL Human Relations Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award winner.

Traci can be reached at traci@traciellis.com.

Want to hear Traci speak?

Check out her 2018 TEDx Talk called "The Exceptional Negro: Fighting to Be Seen in a Colorblind World."