Biography

Jillian Gilchrest was elected to represent the 18th District of West Hartford in the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) in 2018. During her first two years in the Legislature she has championed a number of important issues and has been responsive to her constituents. Jillian feels a sense of urgency to take action and make real change for the people of West Hartford and Connecticut.

Prior to becoming a state representative, Jillian served as the Director of Health Professional Outreach for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Chair for the State’s Trafficking in Persons Council for the Connecticut General Assembly. Jillian has extensive experience advocating for women’s health and safety, in particular influencing public policy at the CGA.

Jillian has worked as Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut and Director of Policy & Communications for the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence. She helped draft Connecticut’s landmark campus sexual assault policy, the first of its kind in the nation. Jillian also successfully lobbied for legislation to establish a system of paid family and medical leave in Connecticut. As an advocate she helped lawmakers enact affirmative consent legislation and standards to address and prevent Connecticut’s rape kit back-log.

Jillian was elected to the West Hartford Board of Education in 2013. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus in Policy Practice from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where she has taught Political Advocacy. Jillian currently teaches for the University of Saint Joseph and Sacred Heart University. Jillian resides with her two children in West Hartford.