Janae Myers is a marketing and development professional with more than a decade of business development experience. She currently serves as the Chief Advancement Officer for Independent Living, Inc. and Independent Home Care, Inc., two organizations dedicated to advocacy and service for people with disabilities, deeply rooted in the peer model.

As the Chief Advancement Officer and a member of the Executive Team, Janae is the lead fundraiser, strategist and ambassador responsible for shaping the trajectory of both organizations through the development and expansion of programs and services, strategic leadership, and community engagement. Janae oversees marketing, advertising, public relations, social media, events, and fundraising. Janae is focused on amplifying community impact by building strategic partnerships, cultivating donors and being catalyst to systems policy changes.

Janae received her Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing and Communication and Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Marist College.

Prior to 2019, Janae did not have any personal experience with depression or Bipolar Disorder. It was not until her family member was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, experiencing first-hand the stigma and systematic barriers, that Janae devoted time to educating herself, and becoming a caregiver and passionate advocate. Janae envisions a world where there is universal access for all people, without the systemic attitudinal or physical barriers; she believes herself, and all people, to be an integral piece of the puzzle to creating an inclusive and equitable future.