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Khafre Abif
Khafre Abif
Community Organizer, Southern AIDS Coalition



Khafre Abif

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif, MLS is an Atlanta-based AIDS & Bisexual activist, writer, editor, blogger and artist who has been thriving with HIV for 28 years. Khafre now serves as a Community Organizer with the Southern AIDS Coalition, a Birmingham, Alabama-based resource and advocacy organization. He will work on a campaign to connect HIV-positive folks in the South with Southern AIDS Coalition and other advocacy networks. Khafre was honored as one of HIV Plus magazine’s 75 Most Amazing People Living with HIV in 2016 and by POZ magazine as one of The 2015 POZ 100: Celebrating Long-Term Survivors and Khafre was among the Bisexuals at The White House in October 2015. He has served in numerous leadership roles and is an author and founder of Ubuntu Press. Khafre has two forth-coming works this year, Sistah’s Speak an anthology of (voices of HIV positive women) a collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays and visual art from women living with HIV/AIDS and Raising Kazembe: A Memoir, a collection of journal letters written by an HIV-positive father to his son.
Sara Ainsworth
Sara Ainsworth
Advocacy Director, Legal Voice



Sara Ainsworth

Sara L. Ainsworth is Advocacy Director at Legal Voice, a nonprofit public interest legal organization that works to advance women’s and LGBTQ legal rights in the five northwest states. Before rejoining the organization as Advocacy Director in 2016, Sara worked at Legal Voice for nearly a decade as Senior Counsel, focusing on civil legal protections for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and advocacy to secure the rights of all people to reproductive health and freedom. In that role, she has litigated successfully to stop religious refusals of reproductive and transgender health care. Prior to returning to Legal Voice, Sara was the Director of Legal Advocacy at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a non-profit legal organization that works to ensure the civil and human rights of pregnant and parenting people, especially those most vulnerable to state surveillance and punishment. She is also a former visiting assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law, and a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, teaching courses in the law of gender-based violence, reproductive rights and justice, and poverty. Sara is a founding board member of Surge, a nonprofit reproductive and racial justice organization. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.
Jeremiah Allen
Jeremiah Allen
Project Coordinator, TRANSform Washington



Jeremiah Allen

Jeremiah Allen is the Project Coordinator for TRANSform Washington, a statewide public education campaign celebrating the lives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse people.As a Queer, Trans* African-American and Indigenous tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Lakota Sioux tribe, Jeremiah is passionate about looking critically at the intersections of race, gender, health, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation to find ways to create policies that protect the most historically marginalized communities.Jeremiah received his Bachelors of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion and Behavior at Oregon State University, where he worked as a liaison for SOL: LGBTQ Multicultural Support Network with OSU’s Diversity and Cultural Engagement Center. Currently, Jeremiah is a Masters of Public Administration candidate at Seattle University.In his free time, Jeremiah enjoys reading and writing poetry, watching football, and spending time with his three amazing children.
Amanda Andere
Amanda Andere
CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness



Amanda Andere

Amanda Andere has spent over fourteen years working in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to addressing social justice, economic opportunity, and security through advocacy for systemic change. Prior to joining Funders Together to End Homelessness as their CEO, she served as the CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national advocacy organization. She is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching Nonprofit Management and serves as the Fundraising Chair for the James Madison Political Science Alumni Board. Previously she served as the Executive Director of FACETS and Vice President of Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith, who had similar missions of preventing and ending homelessness as well as breaking the cycle of poverty. Amanda is an ordained Deacon at Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church. In 2012, Amanda was honored by Northern Virginia Magazine as Northern Virginian of the Year and by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce as Emerging Influential of the Year. In 2013, she was honored as Best of Reston, Lady Fairfax, and the Smart CEO Brava Award.
Urooj Arshad
Urooj Arshad
Associate Director, International Youth Health and Rights, Advocates for Youth

Urooj Arshad

Urooj Arshad is the associate director, International Youth Health and Rights at Advocates for Youth, where she manages a project of the International Division that builds the capacity of youth-driven organizations in the global south. She is a co-founder and current steering committee member of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), which addresses the intersectional impact of Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Urooj has been a member of the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health Leadership Network and its Faith and Reproductive Justice Institute. Urooj was the first out queer person to be accepted as a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. She is currently on the Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Global Advisory Board and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Board. Urooj served on the U.S delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Secretary, PFund Foundation Board of Directors


Coya White Hat-Artichoker

Coya White Hat-Artichoker was raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She serves as the Secretary of the PFund board, a LGBTQ community foundation based in Minneapolis, MN. She was among the "40 under 40” LGBT Leaders in The Advocate in 2010 and selected as Velvet Park’s Top 25 Significant Queer Women in 2014.
Brandie Balken
Brandie Balken
Director of Programs, Gill Foundation



Brandie Balken

Brandie Balken is Director of Programs at the Gill Foundation, where she manages a team of program officers, ensuring efficient and effective grant-making across all priorities. Previously, she served as a senior program officer, responsible for the management of the national equal treatment and Florida portfolios. Prior to joining the Gill Foundation, Brandie served as the Executive Director of Equality Utah. During her five-year tenure, Equality Utah was able to successfully implement more than 35 individual pieces of LGBT-affirmative policy. Brandie helped form and lead Utah’s America Votes affiliate roundtable which worked to align labor, education, conservation, women’s organizations, and the LGBT community in their endorsement and advocacy goals. Originally from rural Utah, Brandie graduated cum laude from Weber State University. Post graduation, she travelled throughout the West, working for environmental justice and indigenous people’s rights before coming out and returning to Utah to serve the LGBT community.
Jorge L. Barón
Jorge L. Barón
Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project


Jorge L. Barón

Jorge L. Barón has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization dedicated solely to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants. Jorge’s passion for his work is firmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. Jorge is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University.
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
Executive Director, Campaign for Southern Equality

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Raised in North Carolina, Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a minister in the United Church of Christ. She is Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), which promotes full LGBTQ equality – both legal and lived - across the South. She also serves as a County Commissioner in Buncombe County, NC. Jasmine and her wife, Meghann, live in Asheville, NC, with their two-year-old son.
Nikki Calma
Nikki Calma
Associate Director, Behavioral Health and Community Programs

Nikki Calma

Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma has been working in the HIV field for the past twenty years and has been active in both A&PI LGBT and the transgender communities. She is currently the Associate Director for Behavioral Health and Community Programs in which she provides the direction and leadership for HIV prevention and PrEP programs of the agency that caters to A&PI MSM and the transgender community in the Bay Area. Nikki also oversees the mission of TRANS: THRIVE, a drop-in center for the transgender community in San Francisco. TRANS:THRIVE is a program of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center in which Nikki has been with for the past 18 years.
Dorian Campbell
Dorian Campbell
Operations and Communications Coordinator, Momentum Alliance

Dorian Campbell

Dorian Campbell is the Operations and Communications Coordinator at Momentum Alliance and a former member of MA's Reproductive Justice Youth Advocates. She believes that youth-led social justice is important young people are often the most affected by the issues in their communities and have the least access to resources to do anything about it.
Aisha Canfield
Aisha Canfield
Policy Researcher and Analyst, Impact Justice

Aisha Canfield

Aisha Canfield has worked in systems reform her entire career, with the belief that change must be envisioned through an intersectional lens that captures race as well as sexual and gender identity. The California-native began as a death row appeals case assistant for indigent prisoners and later worked as a paralegal for a civil rights litigation firm. After deciding to get an M.A. in Public Policy from Mills College, she steered her focus toward juvenile justice, particularly preventing system-involvement for LGBT/GNC youth of color and improving outcomes for those already caught in the system. Aisha has conducted national research on the disproportionate detention of LGBT/GNC youth, identifying systemic points of disparity, such as contact with child welfare. In addition to her research, Aisha trains juvenile probation departments across the state to implement data collection systems and evaluates community-based providers serving system-involved youth nationally. Aisha challenges all of these organizations to have an honest dialogue about disproportionality and move towards cultural affirmation.
Miabi Chatterji
Miabi Chatterji
Senior Program Officer, LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund

Miabi Chatterji

Miabi Chatterji is the Senior Program Officer for the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund. RJF is a collaboration between nine leading national and regional social-justice funders focusing on the South and housed at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Miabi is passionate about providing holistic support to grassroots, multi-issue organizations throughout the country while staying out of the way of grantee partners and letting them lead. She has worked in philanthropy for four years and as an activist grant-making advisor for 6 years before that. She has also worked with community-based organizations in New York on issues such as youth political education, worker justice, and police violence. She is a member of the Funding Queerly giving circle, which provides more than $150,000 per year to small LGBTQI groups in the United States.
Carol Cheney
Carol Cheney
Building Community Leadership Development Program Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust

Carol Cheney

Carol Cheney is the building community leadership development program officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Carol is driven by a passion for equity and inclusion and a conviction that each of us has a role in creating a just society for everyone.Carol was adopted with her twin from South Korea and grew up in Maryland and rural Oregon. Her experiences advocating for the rights of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community have taught her many life lessons and cemented her determination to continue to work for these communities, no matter where her career path may lead.“I believe that everyone has a piece of the truth, and try to act from that belief. I hope that I always remember that tenet as I work to support our grantee and funder partners. If I don’t, call me on it!”Carol has worked as a farmworker, domestic violence advocate, health educator, nonprofit consultant and trainer and, most recently, as equity and policy manager in the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion. She has served on the boards of the MRG Foundation, the Hambleton Project and the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Martha Choe
Martha Choe
Former Chief Administrative Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Martha Choe

Martha Choe served as CAO at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of the Global Libraries (GL). Governor Gary Locke appointed her as the Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED), where she led initiatives in sustainable job growth, promoted two-way trade with Asia, Mexico and Europe, and oversaw major community development programs in growth management, housing and public works infrastructure. Martha led Washington State's successful bid to win the assembly of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in 2003, beating out 47 others states. Prior to joining Gov. Locke’s cabinet, she was elected to two terms on the Seattle City Council, chairing the Transportation & Economic Development and Finance committees. Highlights of her tenure include her key role as Finance Chair with Mayor Norm Rice to lead the revitalization of downtown Seattle, as a Regional Transit Authority board member to deliver light rail to the region and as a key leader in creating the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI), a public-private partnership, focused on job creation.Martha’s diverse career includes ten years in banking at the Bank of California, and teaching high school teacher and coaching debate at Churchill HS, in Eugene, Ore. She is a proud Husky, graduating with a BA in Speech and Ethnic Studies from the UW and received an MBA from Seattle University. Her diverse civic engagement includes serving as chair and commissioner of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, board member and chair of the Seattle Foundation, Seattle Branch Board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and board member of the Gates Cambridge Trust and currently, a board member of CRAFT3. In 2013, Martha co-led the Transition Team for Mayor Ed Murray, a former legislative aide to her. Martha is an ordained Zen priest.She has been recognized for her civic engagement with the 2016 Crosscut Courage Lifetime Achievement Award, Seattle University’s 2012 Alumna of the Year award, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive Excellence, Leadership Tomorrow’s Eddie E. Carlson Outstanding Alumni award, the YMCA AK Guy Award for volunteerism, and InterIm CDA’s Bob Santos Leadership in Sustainability Award.
Karina Claudio Betancourt
Karina Claudio Betancourt
Program Officer, Open Society Foundations


Karina Claudio Betancourt

Karina is a Program Officer with the Open Society Foundations and works with the Open Places Initiative, a placed-based initiative in three sites: Buffalo, Puerto Rico, and San Diego. She is a skilled community organizer with several years of management, advocacy, policy analysis, fundraising and grant writing experience. She has particular experience working/organizing to empower low wage workers, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and individuals living in the intersection of these identities.Karina most recently hails from the New York City Council, where she served as the Senior Director of the Community Engagement Division in the Office of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In this capacity, she directed the implementation of a citywide Participatory Budgeting project, as well as the implementation of several pro-LGBTQ rights policies.Karina grew up in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She moved to NYC in 2007, where she attended New York University and received a M.A. in Performance Studies.
Meg Coward
Meg Coward
Co-Founder and President, Laughing Gull Foundation


Meg Coward

As a co-founder of the Laughing Gull Foundation, Meg is delighted to engage in work that draws on the many strands of her personal and professional passions. With a background in youth development, sustainable agriculture, and progressive philanthropy, Meg has served in senior leadership positions with a number of innovative organizations, including Bolder Giving, Waltham Fields Community Farm, the Merck Family Fund, The Farm School, and The Food Project. Meg credits her involvement with Resource Generation as the inspiration for engaging with the blessings and challenges of the philanthropic sector. In addition to overseeing LGF's operations and strategies, she manages LGF’s LGBTQ Equality program. Meg holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She is a DJ, a women's college basketball fan, and loves to knit baby hats.
Alfredo Cruz
Alfredo Cruz
Program Officer for Economic Opportunity, Foundation for Louisiana

Alfredo Cruz

Alfredo is originally from Nicaragua, grew up in Miami, and lived in Tallahassee for eight years before moving to Louisiana. He joined Foundation for Louisiana in 2011 as the Program Officer for Economic Opportunity. Alfredo’s responsibilities include identifying partnership and investment opportunities throughout the state that are aligned with the goals of the Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Portfolio, providing technical assistance and aid in proposal development to grantees and potential grantees, and helping to scale economic opportunity strategies for statewide impact. Prior to his position with the Foundation, Alfredo worked at the Florida Legislature as the Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-9). Alfredo has also served as a program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where his program areas included arts and culture, youth development, civic engagement, and economic-community development in cities nationwide.During his ten-year career in philanthropy, he has served on the board of affinity groups such as Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and he is a graduate of Leadership Miami. Alfredo has also served on the Tallahassee Performing Arts Committee, was a steering committee member of the Whole Child Leon Project, a board member of Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition and a member of the United Way of the Big Bend’s For Young Leaders Only (FYLO). His civic service also includes participation in the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) and membership on the Board of Directors of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). Alfredo earned his B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University where he also completed a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and M.P.A. studies. In his off time, Alfredo enjoys volunteering in the community, writing, cooking, reading and traveling.
Christopher Cuevas
Christopher Cuevas
Executive Director, QLatinx



Christopher Cuevas

A lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer, Christopher has a long history of advocating for LGBTQ+, farmworker, and racial justice movements, each deeply interconnected to his own lived experience as a child of immigrants and queer person of color. Through his work with various community initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led community conversations on and facilitated community education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues. As the Executive Director of QLatinx, Christopher Cuevas provides vision, energy, and leadership in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization, working to advance the visibility of and empower the local LGBTQ+ Latinx community and create spaces that foster growth and healing.
Vanessa Daniel
Vanessa Daniel
Founder and Executive Director, Groundswell Fund


Vanessa Daniel

Vanessa Daniel is the founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement. Under her leadership, Groundswell has moved more than $32 million to the reproductive justice movement, with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color, low income women and transgender people. Ninety percent of Groundswell’s giving goes to work led by women of color. Daniel’s roots in labor and community organizing inspired a unique funding model at Groundswell: a program staff team of women of color who come directly out of grassroots organizing and who support grantees through grantmaking, capacity building, and funder organizing to raise the visibility of grantee work in the broader funder/donor community. Groundswell’s work includes the only fund in the country dedicated to supporting access to birth justice for women of color and transgender people, and the most robust women of color-led Integrated Voter Engagement training program in the U.S. Prior to Groundswell, Vanessa supported LGBT rights, economic and environmental justice grantmaking at Tides Foundation; organized homecare workers with SEIU; helped win a landmark living wage law with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); and conducted research to support the organizing efforts of welfare mothers with the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward). Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Common Counsel Foundation and on the steering committee for the Health and Environmental Funder’s Network. She has a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from Smith College and is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.
Masen Davis
Masen Davis
Senior Director of Special Projects, Gill Foundation

Masen Davis

Masen Davis, MSW is Senior Director of Special Projects for the Gill Foundation and co-chair of the Steering Committee for the International Trans Fund. Before joining the Gill Foundation, Masen served as interim co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality (2015-16) and executive director of Transgender Law Center (2007-2015), which grew to become the nation’s largest transgender advocacy organization during his tenure. Masen currently serves on the boards of GATE, Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal. Masen holds a BA from Northwestern University and a Masters of Social Welfare degree from UCLA, where he served as a 2015-16 Regents’ Lecturer.
Alexandra DelValle
Alexandra DelValle
Senior Program Director, Groundswell Fund

Alexandra DelValle

Alexandra DelValle oversees Groundswell’s grantmaking. She brings more than 10 years of experience advancing social and reproductive justice within grassroots and national advocacy organizations. Prior to joining the Groundswell Fund team, Alex served as the program director at Third Wave Foundation, a national feminist foundation dedicated to supporting youth-led efforts for reproductive and gender justice. Previously, Alex advocated for brownfield redevelopment, waterfront revitalization, and freedom from environmental toxins as the deputy director of UPROSE, a Brooklyn-based environmental justice organization. She has supported international movements for maternal health through her work with the Averting Maternal Mortality and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University. Alex also served as the community mobilization coordinator at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Oberlin College, and an M.P.H. in Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health from Columbia University. Alex is currently on the board of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, and co-chairs its Women of Color Working Group.
Paul Di Donato
Paul Di Donato
President, Proteus Fund


Paul Di Donato

Paul Di Donato is President of Proteus Fund, a nationally recognized philanthropic leader that works to promote social justice through democracy, human rights, and peace. As a public foundation, Proteus advances its vision and mission through a variety of initiatives and programs, including funder collaboratives, donor advised funds, fiscally sponsored projects, and family foundation management. Prior to becoming President, Paul served for eight years as the Program Director of Proteus’s Civil Marriage Collaborative, which provided over $21 million in grants to support the successful movement to achieve marriage equality for the LGBT community in the United States.Paul has worked for progressive change for over thirty years as a student activist, litigator, policy advocate, nonprofit executive, private consultant, and philanthropic leader with particular expertise in the issue areas of HIV/AIDS, domestic and global public health, LGBTQ and women’s rights, and civil/human rights generally.Paul is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.
Se-ah-dom Edmo
Se-ah-dom Edmo
Movement Building Director, Western States Center

Se-ah-dom Edmo

Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama) is Movement Building Director for the Western States Center. There she is responsible for strengthening the vital connections between the Leadership Development programs and Gender Justice and Racial Justice programs. Her background is rooted in organizing and policy work around Tribal justice and American Indian issues. She recently co-authored the book, American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership and Blood. She was formerly coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing program at Lewis & Clark College; director for the Oregon Tribal Histories and Sovereignty Curriculum Design Project and vice president of the Oregon Indian Education Association. Her published works include Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit & LGBT Justice in Indian Country and Identity Wars: A Comparative Ethical Critique of the Debate Over Indian Identity.
mónica enríquez-enríquez
mónica enríquez-
enríquez
Associate Director of Programs, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

mónica enríquez-enríquez

mónica enríquez-enríquez joined Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice as a Program Officer in 2012 and is now the Associate Director of Programs. Mónica is a queer Latina, born and raised in Colombia, who migrated to the U.S. in 2001. Before joining Astraea, Mónica was the Co-Coordinator of Streetwise and Safe (SAS), a collaborative multi-strategy initiative developing the leadership of LGBTQI youth of color who are criminalized for their involvement or perceived involvement in the sex trades. In 2006 Mónica worked at the Global Fund for Women as part of the Latin America and Caribbean program team and in 2010 at the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, helping organizations mobilize resources from their own communities. Mónica earned an M.F.A in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California Santa Cruz and a B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis on Women's Studies at San Francisco State University. She represents Astraea on the board of EDGE Funders Alliance.
Mishi Faruqee
Mishi Faruqee
National Field Director, Youth First Initiative

Mishi Faruqee

Mishi Faruqee is the National Field Director of the Youth First Initiative. In her capacity at Youth First, Mishi supports the state-based campaigns by providing technical assistance, training and strategy support. For the past 20 years, Mishi has helped lead campaigns to reduce incarceration and close prisons and jails and create more effective youth justice policies . Previously she worked as the juvenile justice policy strategist for the national ACLU and and as a campaign director at the Washington State ACLU. She worked with the Correctional Association of New York, first as director of the Women in Prison Project and later as director of the Juvenile Justice Project, as the director of youth justice programs at the Children’s Defense Fund-NY, and as special assistant to the Commissioner at the New York City Department of Probation, where she help coordinate planning efforts for New York City’s Close to Home Initiative. Mishi holds graduate degrees from Oxford University and the New School for Social Research and received her B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Desiree Flores
Desiree Flores
Director, U.S. Social Justice Program, Arcus Foundation

Desiree Flores

Desiree is Director of the U.S. Social Justice Program at the Arcus Foundation and brings nearly 20 years of social justice grantmaking and program development experience supporting marginalized leadership and constituency building at the local, state, and national levels. Previously, she was a Program Officer at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she led programs on reproductive justice, HIV/AIDS, and school-based sexuality education. Through this work, she advised and partnered with foundations, individual donors, national advocates, and community-based organizations to create a more racially diverse and politically powerful domestic pro-choice movement. Having grown up on a dairy farm in California’s central valley as the granddaughter of Mexican farm workers, Desiree is committed to supporting justice and opportunity by and for communities of color. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Gabriel Foster
Gabriel Foster
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Trans Justice Funding Project

Gabriel Foster

Gabriel Foster is a black, queer, trans, ‘momma’s boy’ living and loving in New York. He is also the co-founder and executive director of the Trans Justice Funding Project, a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. Prior to making his way to the Eastern Time Zone, he worked in Seattle, WA with the Northwest Network of bisexual, trans, lesbian & gay survivors of abuse helping to create their youth programming. From age fifteen to twenty-six he went from a program constituent to program staff in the American Friends Service Committee’s GLBTQ Youth Program. Before arriving in New York, he worked at SPARK Reproductive Justice Now with LGBTQ youth of color and allies in Atlanta, GA; the Leeway Foundation, supporting women and trans people creating art and social change in Philadelphia, PA and provided outreach for the Johnathan Lax Fund at the Bread and Roses foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Gabriel is also a former staff member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Over the next year he hopes to reincorporate art, laughter, tambourine shaking and joy-as much as possible.
Rebecca Fox
Rebecca Fox
Program Officer, Wellspring Advisors; Chair, Board of Directors, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca works as a Program Officer at Wellspring Advisors and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. At Wellspring Advisors Rebecca focuses on advancing LGBT issues, including national and state advocacy, marriage equality, international and domestic transgender movements, and movement building. Prior to coming to Wellspring, she was Executive Director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health, leading organizations nationwide to work together to improve the lives and health of LGBT people through advocacy, outreach, and education. She was also an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University. She serves on the board of Choice USA, a national organization that mobilizes and supports the diverse, upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive choice. Before the Coalition, Rebecca worked as the Assistant Director for Public Policy at SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and at the National Partnership for Women and Families where she monitored federal level legislation pertaining to health insurance, gender-based discrimination, and reproductive rights. Her experience includes assisting in a free medical clinic for women and providing services and programming for people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless youth, and children of LGBTQ parents.
Marisa Franco
Marisa Franco
Director & Co-Founder, Mijente

Marisa Franco

Marisa Franco is a Phoenix-based organizer, writer and strategist. She is the Director and co-founder of Mijente, a digital and grassroots organizing hub for Latina/o and Chicana/o people. Most recently she led the #Not1More Deportation campaign and co-authored How We Make Change is Changing, which describes Not1More’s campaign strategy and structure that activated hundreds of organizations across sectors and communities to demand a stop to deportations. Franco was recognized by The Advocate’s 40 under 40 of 2016. She is a trusted collaborator with grassroots leaders across the country spanning across the immigrant rights, civil rights, women’s, LGBTQ and labor movements.
Kiyomi Fujikawa
Kiyomi Fujikawa
Program Associate, Borealis Philanthropy

Kiyomi Fujikawa

Kiyomi Fujikawa is a program associate at Borealis Philanthropy and works on the Fund for Trans Generations. She is a mixed-race, trans femme who has been involved with movements to end gender-based violence since 2001. Her political home is with Queer and Trans communities of color and organizing around preventing and responding to intimate partner violence, which she most recently did with the Queer Network Program at API Chaya.
Megan Gibbard
Megan Gibbard
Director, A Way Home America

Megan Gibbard

Megan Gibbard is the Director of A Way Home America. She previously coordinated the regional effort to prevent and end youth homelessness in King County, Washington; was the Executive Director of Teen Feed, a small agency in Seattle’s University District; and has worked with youth experiencing homelessness for the past 15 years. She received her MSW from the University of Washington in 2004 and her LICSW in 2011. She is based in Seattle and is a sailor and a terrier enthusiast.
Heron Greenesmith
Heron Greenesmith
Senior Policy Analyst, Movement Advancement Project

Heron Greenesmith

Heron leads MAP's regulatory policy, conducts research in support of MAP’s public policy work, and supports MAP's movement analyses. Their work has focused on legal analyses of religious exemption laws and the particular disparities facing bisexual people. Heron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and American University, Washington College of Law and is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars. They are a board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a co-founder of BiLaw, a former fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Sarah Gunther
Sarah Gunther
Director of Programs, Astraea Foundation

Sarah Gunther

Sarah Gunther is the Director of Programs at the Astraea Foundation, where she oversees grantmaking, capacity building and philanthropic advocacy to advance LGBTQI rights and racial, economic and gender justice globally. She led the creation of the world's first Intersex Human Rights Fund in 2014. Prior to joining Astraea, Sarah led an Africa grantmaking program at AJWS, where she also played a key role in developing global sexual rights strategies for LGBTQI rights, trans justice, and sex worker rights. She holds a B.A. in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies and African American studies from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in human rights studies from Columbia University.
Efrain Gutierrez
Efrain Gutierrez
Associate Director, FSG

Efrain Gutierrez

As an associate director, Efrain helps clients use evaluation as a tool for learning and strategic refinement. Currently, Efrain is working with a national foundation in an ongoing evaluation for a cross-community effort to increase college attainment among Latinos in the U.S. Efrain is also helping an influential health organization learn about the ways in which their strategic plan is being implemented and suggesting refinements to their strategy moving forward. He also develops conference sessions, blogs posts, and webinars that increase evaluators’ cultural competency when working with the Latino and the LGBTQ communities.
Matthew “Matty” Hart
Matthew “Matty” Hart
Director, Global Philanthropy Project

Matthew “Matty” Hart

Matthew “Matty” Hart is Director of the Global Philanthropy Project. Founder and Principle of the Paris-based Lafayette Practice, Hart is also President of the Board of Directors of the Calamus Foundation (DE), and a Board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Formerly, Hart has served as Senior Strategist for Europe for Funders Concerned about AIDS, and National Director for Public Engagement at Solutions for Progress. He has been a member of The Civil Marriage Collaborative, the community funding board of the Bread & Roses Fund, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund; and Board Member of the Sustainable Business Network and The Leeway Foundation for Women and the Arts. A Jonathan Lax Academic Fellow, Hart received degrees in Urban Studies and Cultural Anthropology from Temple University.
Queen Hatcher
Queen Hatcher
Transgender Activist and Advocate

Queen Hatcher

Queen Hatcher is an activist, advocate, and humble servant for transgender people. She served as a canvasser for the Summer of Action experiment in Atlanta. In this role, she talked with Georgians about nondiscrimination protections and transgender people. A transgender woman, Queen used her own story and life experience to connect with folks she canvassed and to build their support for treating all LGBT people fairly and equally. Today, Queen is employed as an ambassador at Amazon Fulfillment, and she is currently enrolled in Peer Navigation Certification funded by the Elton John Foundation. Queen gives her time to countless nonprofit organizations and community groups including Harlem United, Tabernacle Baptist of Atlanta, Georgia Transgender Ministry, and Federation for the Blind. She has spoken widely in the news about transgender issues and has shared her experience overcoming discrimination, homelessness, and violence.
Elle Hearns
Elle Hearns
Executive Director, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Elle Hearns

Elle Hearns was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and she currently lives in Washington DC. It is safe to say that she has always been a community organizer by nature. Elle is a founding member of the BlackLivesMatter network and has been a Strategic Partner for the Network since its inception. She is most noted for her service as Lead Organizer of the first Movement for Black Lives Convening held in Cleveland, Ohio and she served as the principal consultant on The Movement For Black Lives Policy Platform. In this role she supported the on-going development of the Network's structure and expanded the Network’s reach. She is also the Founding Executive Director of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute an institution that has been thriving since 2015 under her leadership. This vision flourished following her tenure as the Central Region Coordinator for GetEQUAL. Her organizing expands beyond paid positions. She has also volunteered as a Creative Ambassador for the Trans Women of Color Collective. Elle’s writing has been featured in TruthOut, Huffington Post, and Ebony. Her work has also been chronicled by several outlets including Time, CNN, MTV, The New York Times, Alternet, Democracy Now, The Daily Dot, Fusion, Essence Magazine, and The Washington Post.
Kris Hermanns
Kris Hermanns
Chief Executive Officer, Pride Foundation

Kris Hermanns

Kris Hermanns is Chief Executive Officer of the Pride Foundation. Kris has more than two decades’ experience as a policy and program strategist, fundraiser, and nonprofit administrator. Before joining Pride Foundation, Kris was the Deputy Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Prior to that, she was a Program Officer with The Rhode Island Foundation, and also worked for Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service. She earned a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kris is also a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
Fran Hutchins
Fran Hutchins
Deputy Director, Equality Federation

Fran Hutchins

Fran Hutchins is Deputy Director at Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. She has been with the Federation since 2012 and has worked on the ground with partners to build strong organizations, develop tailored strategies, and create data-driven solutions to meet the needs of the LGBTQ movement. Fran’s career has focused on building a strong progressive movement that changes the way we approach some of our most pressing social problems: poverty, homelessness, education, economic inequality, and discrimination. She is especially proud to have served as Regional Field Director for Mainers United for Marriage, the successful 2012 campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples in Maine. Fran completed her MBA and Masters of Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
C. Davida Ingram
C. Davida Ingram
Artist

C. Davida Ingram

C. Davida Ingram is an award-winning artist who is passionate about beauty and social justice. She is unapologetically black and uses her work to show ways to outwit white supremacy, including the dehumanizing way it shapes blackness. Ingram’s impulse is to imagine tactics to get free–not defining blackness for others. With this in mind, she uses unorthodox mediums–Craigs List ads, hypnosis, drones, cell phone videos among things to reshape what is possible in her own identification with being a black queer woman. Her art has been shown at the Frye Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Evergreen College, Bridge Productions, Intiman Theater, Town Hall and more. Her writings have been included in Arcade, Ms blog, James Franco Review and The Stranger. Ingram received the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Arts. She is a current Kennedy Center Citizen Artist fellow and was recently voted one of the 20 most talented people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.
Kierra Johnson
Kierra Johnson
Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Kierra Johnson

Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (Formerly Choice USA), heads the leading pro-choice organization working to mobilize and provide ongoing support for the diverse, upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive choice both now and in the future. With many years of experience in the field, Kierra is a leader in the reproductive justice and progressive movements. She has lifted up the value of regional and cross-movement collaborations to foster youth leadership development that will strengthen the pro-choice progressive base in crucial communities in the United States. She serves on the boards of the Center for Community Change and the Groundswell Fund.
Kate Kendell
Kate Kendell
Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Kate Kendell

Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.Kate joined the staff as Legal Director in 1994 and become Executive Director in 1996. In this capacity, she assists in the development of litigation and strategy, and is responsible for all aspects of organization operation. She is also responsible for executing a broad and forward thinking vision around policy and project initiatives.
Kelli King-Jackson
Kelli King-Jackson
Senior Program Officer, The Simmons Foundation

Kelli King-Jackson

Kelli is a Senior Program Officer with The Simmons Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2012 after more than 15 years engaged in nonprofit advocacy work around issues such as access to health care, community engagement, and youth/young adult leadership.Since joining The Foundation, Kelli has worked extensively on youth, homelessness and LGBTQ issues. In addition to her grantmaking work, Kelli serves on the steering committees for the Houston Continuum of Care and A Way Home America. Kelli also serves on the Out in the South Fund steering committee, a pooled fund focused on LGBTQ issues across the South.In addition to work with the grant portfolio, Kelli has primary responsibility for the Foundation’s communications including website, grants database, annual report and social media engagement.Kelli is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Sociology. Kelli is an alumna of Leadership Houston and the ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program.Kelli is a social media aficionado who enjoys reading, politics and spending time with family and friends.
Blaine Manuel Leal
Blaine Manuel Leal
Commissioner, Seattle LGBTQ Commission

Blaine Manuel Leal

Blaine Manuel Leal is an LGBTQ advocate who began advocating within his hometown through grassroots efforts to organize and add visibilty to the Queer community, efforts that led to his becoming Chapter Leader of a non-profit organization, a role that he continues to fill remotely from his new home in Seattle.More recently, Blaine has conducted LGBTQ advocacy within detention centers in Washington state by facilitating Queer-focused groups inside of secure facilities. He is an advocate for ending youth incarceration in Washington by replacing punishment services that help youth and their families.He is also a Commissioner for the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, a group that offers guidance to elected officials regarding issues that affect the Queer community in Seattle.
Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee
Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee is Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. He joined Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.), and the Levi Strauss Foundation in 2003 as a Community Affairs Manager for the Asia Pacific Division in Singapore, where he managed and implemented corporate social responsibility programs, employee volunteerism and grantmaking in three global giving areas -- HIV/AIDS, worker rights, and asset building. Subsequently, he relocated to San Francisco and assumed the role of Director of Global Grantmaking Programs. Lee has extensive experience with international non-governmental organizations in the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS and social justice.
Taffy Maene
Taffy Maene
Co-Founder & Board Chair, U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle

Taffy Maene

Taffy Maene is the co-founder and board chair of U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance). Taffy has a background in case management in human services and currently works with State of WA-DSHS. Taffy’s work with social justice began in San Francisco prior to moving to WA State and have been working in the Seattle and South King County community for over 10 years doing work around immigration reform, gender, involvement in the A&PI LGBTQ communities, racial and transformative justice in the community. Taffy is a 2014 graduate of Out in Front LGBTQ Leadership program. She works alongside organizations, coalitions, and community leaders in empowering those most oppressed by class, race, or gender identity.
Rickke Mananzala
Rickke Mananzala
Director of Programs, Borealis Philanthropy

Rickke Mananzala

Rickke has been an organizer, advocate and leader for racial and gender justice, LGBTQ rights, and youth organizing for almost two decades. Prior to joining Borealis Philanthropy in 2015, he was an independent consultant for community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions focusing on program design, organizing strategy, policy analysis, and organizational development. Rickke previously served as the Executive Director of FIERCE, a grassroots organization building the power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City. During his tenure, he spearheaded grassroots campaigns challenging youth criminalization, lead efforts to increase city funding for homeless LGBTQ youth shelters and services, and expanded the organization’s membership base and leadership development programs. Prior to FIERCE, Rickke was a New Voices Fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project where he worked to integrate legal services, litigation, policy advocacy, and organizing strategies by and for low-income transgender people in New York City. Rickke was a founding board member of the Right to the City Alliance and he served on the board of the Third Wave Foundation where he helped develop grant-making strategies to support feminist youth organizing work across the U.S. He received his B.A. in political science from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on urban policy and management.
Ben Francisco Maulbeck
Ben Francisco Maulbeck
President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Ben Francisco Maulbeck

Ben Francisco Maulbeck has more than a decade of experience as a leader for LGBT rights, racial equity and social change. He has an exceptional track record of building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and leaders, raising money for underserved communities and developing and implementing innovative grantmaking initiatives. From 2007 through 2012, Maulbeck worked at Hispanics in Philanthropy (“HIP”) in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Vice President. During his time at HIP, he played a leadership role in launching several new programs and initiatives, including a national Latino aging initiative and a funding collaborative to strengthen education nonprofits in Puerto Rico. He also oversaw the continued success of the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, a multimillion-dollar initiative to build the capacity of Latino-led nonprofits, and spearheaded a roundtable of more than 50 philanthropic leaders on LGBT Latino movement-building. Prior to his service at HIP, Maulbeck served as the director of programs for the William Way LGBT Community Center and as a program associate at The Philadelphia Foundation. He also has significant experience providing independent consulting services to nonprofits and funders, specializing in grantmaking, fundraising, and organizational development. His consulting clients have included Philanthropy New York, the Attic LGBTQ Youth Center, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Genocide Intervention Network. Maulbeck earned a bachelor of arts at Swarthmore College and a master of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where his areas of study included participatory leadership, social marketing, and international political economy. In 2004 he organized and co-chaired the Harvard University LGBT policy and law conference, with the theme “Gay Rights as Human Rights,” exploring LGBT rights globally. His volunteer service has included the leadership of the boards of the Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (“GALAEI”) and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (“CHAMP”), steering both organizations through periods of executive transition. In his spare time, Maulbeck writes fiction under the name Ben Francisco, with stories published in Best Gay Stories 2012, Realms of Fantasy and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.
Zakk Marquez
Zakk Marquez
Project Coordinator, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Zakk Marquez

Zakk Marquez graduated with a BA in World Arts and Cultures at UCLA where his focus was Arts Activism and Sexual Health Education. After being in a sero-discordant relationship (a relationship where one person is HIV + and the other HIV -), he found an outlet for knowledge and self-empowerment through activism and an arts-based sexual health collective called the UCLA Sex Squad. Zakk has participated in many sexual health and HIV-focused events, ranging from local Los Angeles health summits to national HIV and AIDS conferences including the inaugural National HIV PrEP Summit in San Francisco in December 2016. He has experience curating and facilitating workshops regarding sexual health with high school youth and has spoken in front of large audiences sharing his experience confronting HIV stigma and being on PrEP. Upon graduating UCLA, Zakk began working full-time at The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Beverly Hills.
Joy Messinger
Joy Messinger
Program Officer, Third Wave Fund

Joy Messinger

Joy Messinger joined Third Wave Fund in November 2015 and brings with her more than a decade of experience with reproductive justice, health, education, and social service groups in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, staying committed to centering the experiences of LGBTQ people, young people, people of color, disabled people, and immigrants and adoptees. As Program Officer, she manages Third Wave's grantmaking programs and supports grantees and applicants through the grantseeking process. Before coming to Third Wave, Joy spent five years at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health in a variety of roles and freelanced as a nonprofit consultant and sexuality educator. She is also an adjunct social work instructor on intersectional practices with LGBTQ people.
Edward B. Murray
Edward B. Murray
Mayor of Seattle

Edward B. Murray

Edward B. Murray became Mayor of Seattle on January 1, 2014 and promptly set the tone for his administration by signing an executive order raising the minimum wage of City government employees to $15 an hour along with a vow to deliver the same raise to all minimum wage workers in Seattle. He followed through on that promise within the first six months on the job by convening a committee comprised of business, labor, and non-profit stakeholders to work out the terms of a deal that would benefit all involved and set the highest minimum wage in the nation. For this work, he was named one of Politico Magazine's "50 thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction."
Tamir Novotny
Tamir Novotny
Executive Director, EPIP

Tamir Novotny

Tamir became Executive Director of EPIP in 2015, following a three-year engagement with the organization. Starting as a chapter leader in New York, Tamir went on to join EPIP’s national team, supporting chapters in the Northeast and advising the national leadership.Prior to his appointment, Tamir held multiple positions over nine years at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaborative focused on improving the lives of low-income urban residents. There, he developed and led portfolios in areas including housing, smart growth, and civic technology. Most recently, Tamir developed and launched the City Accelerator, a $3,000,000 initiative to speed the spread of municipal innovation, and the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, a partnership to harness the power of technology and data to address issues like criminal justice and youth employment.Tamir received a Masters in Public Administration from New York University in 2008 and a BA, magna cum laude from NYU in Metropolitan Studies in 2006.
Isa Noyola
Isa Noyola
Director of Programs, Transgender Law Center

Isa Noyola

Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in LGBT immigrant rights movement, and the director of programs at Transgender Law Center. She works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations. She is a part of the #Not1more campaign team and sits on the advisory boards of TAJA coalition, El/La para Translatinas , and Familia:Trans, Queer Liberation movement. She has organized the first ever national trans anti-violence convening that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence trans communities are facing. Isa is passionate about building the leadership of transgender communities, especially TWOC who experience high levels of discrimination and violence. She is leading programmatic strategies to help build a leadership pipeline through the creation of trainings & leadership gatherings to share advocacy tools and strategies. Isa believes that a stronger and more vibrant transgender community is possible when we abolish oppressive systems that criminalize all of our communities especially trans and queer communities of color.
Nikole Ariana Parker
Nikole Ariana Parker
Transgender Activist and Mentor

Nikole Ariana Parker

Nikole was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is a proud transgender afro-Latina of Puerto Rican, Italian & African American descent. She is connected to Orlando’s LGBTQ community, worked for a short time at Pulse, and two of Nikole’s friends were directly impacted by the Pulse Tragedy which motivates her to make a difference for that community.At the age of 19, Nikole left her job and home to fully transition into a woman after facing rejection from her family for simply living as her full authentic self at home. At 22, Nikole created and coordinated a Mentoring Program for a mental health counseling facility. At the age of 23, she was promoted to Office Manager / Director of Human Resources. Nikole wants all LGBTQ individuals, especially transgender youth, to know that you can do anything you put your heart and mind to. Her dream is to someday open a resource center to raise transgender awareness and assist transgender individual’s transition with the help of counseling, mentoring, legal support, and medical references.
Yasmeen Perez
Yasmeen Perez
Program Director, Social Justice Fund Northwest

Yasmeen Perez

Yasmeen Perez, Program Director at Social Justice Fund Northwest (SJF), brings over 12 years of experience as a community organizer, educator, and fundraiser in racial and economic justice, youth liberation, and LGBTQ left movements to the field of Social Justice Philanthropy. Yasmeen's background includes serving as the Co-Director of Seattle Young People's Project, Leadership Development Director at FIERCE in New York City, and Development Director at Right To The City Alliance. At Social Justice Fund, Yasmeen directs a dynamic program of multi-racial, cross-class Giving Projects that grant between $600K-$900K in general operating funds a year. SJF's Giving Projects bring together volunteer community members in a 6 month process of political education and skill building, meaningful giving, fundraising from their friends and family, and democratic grantmaking that supports community organizing for systemic change in ID, OR, MT, WA, & WY.
Shannon Perez-Darby
Shannon Perez-Darby
Deputy Director, The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse

Shannon Perez-Darby

Shannon Perez-Darby is the Deputy Director at The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. Under her guidance, the NW Network has developed a regional LGBTQ youth crime victims program serving LGBTQ youth who experience dating and family violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and a host of other victimizations. Bridging her work with youth and youth workers Shannon has developed an extensive LGBTQ youth technical assistance project focusing specifically on mandatory reporting issues, LGBTQ homeless youth, support for LGBT youth in the sex trades, and LGBT youth dating violence issues. In addition to her work with young people, Shannon is an author and national leader on supporting organizations and communities to understand how we apply notions of accountability to our everyday lives.
Marco Antonio Quiroga
Marco Antonio Quiroga
Program Director, Contigo Fund

Marco Antonio Quiroga

Marco is the Program Director of the Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation. He lays the groundwork for and oversees the grant process and distribution of funds to strengthen and network existing agencies and to identify and support grassroots efforts that advance Latinx and LGBTQ, immigrant, and people of color causes and the intersection of these communities in Central Florida.Marco brings along with him a wealth of local community knowledge and advocacy expertise. He has a long history as an advocate for the LGBTQ, immigrant, and racial justice movements, driven as a direct result of his own life experience as an undocumented and queer person of color. Marco’s family immigrated to the United States from Peru when he was 2 years old and they landed in Orlando. Having experienced family separation through deportation, poverty, unstable housing and homelessness, Marco deeply understands the tremendous odds facing our community’s common struggle for liberation.
Tricia Raikes
Tricia Raikes
Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation

Tricia Raikes

Tricia Raikes is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, which works toward a just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society.Based in Seattle, the Raikes Foundation focuses on using the science of learning and development to advance more equitable learning environments; preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness; and improving the quality of expanded learning programs. The foundation recently launched an initiative aimed at increasing the effectiveness of philanthropic giving.Tricia serves on the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Advisory Council and the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, she was a member of the Stanford University Taskforce for Undergraduation Education, Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and the Washington State University Foundation. She is also a former board member of the College Success Foundation in Washington State and Washington D.C., the King County Boys & Girls Club and a former board member and campaign chair of the United Way of King County.Tricia has been recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work on Youth Homelessness, a Women of Influence by Puget Sound Business Journal, and a Humanitarian Super Hero by ParentMap.Tricia’s professional background includes leadership of Creative Services at Microsoft Corporation and as co-founder of Marketing Partners, a technology marketing communications firm. She holds a BA in Communications from Washington State University.
Shawn Reagor
Shawn Reagor
Interim Director, Gender Expansion Project

Shawn Reagor

Shawn Reagor is a lifelong Montanan. He transitioned from female to male while attending a Catholic Liberal Arts College in Helena, Montana. Since then he has worked on nondiscrimination legislation on the state and municipal level. He facilitates transgender support groups in two different cities, and serves on the Pride Foundation Montana Leadership Action Team and the Rural Transgender Wellness Project Advisory Board. Shawn was named as one of Montana’s 25 Under 25 in 2015. He is the Interim Director for the Gender Expansion Project and works for the Montana Human Rights Network. Shawn spends his free time backpacking and camping with his partner, Kasandra, and cat, Copernicus.
Magui Rubalcava Shulman
Magui Rubalcava Shulman
President, Borealis Philanthropy

Magui Rubalcava Shulman

Magui Rubalcava Shulman is President of Borealis Philanthropy, a philanthropic intermediary that works as a partner to philanthropy, helping grantmakers expand their reach and impact. Borealis currently manages donor collaboratives focusing on: LGBTQ leadership, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, Transgender rights, racial justice, police reform and immigration-related litigation. Prior to launching Borealis Philanthropy, Magui led the Four Freedoms Fund, the major driver of immigration reform funding and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants in the U.S. Magui also helped launch and lead the Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, engaging over 100 local, national and transnational funders in the project to build the capacity of Latino nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Latin America. Magui’s earlier philanthropic experience includes working with the New York Community Trust, Otto Bremer Foundation and the General Mills Foundation. In 2003, Magui was honored as a co-recipient of the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking.Magui received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She also studied at Keski-Suomen Opisto in Suolahti, Finland and conducted research on the Somali refugee crisis in Finland. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Magui was raised in East Los Angeles and currently resides with her husband and three kids in Minneapolis.
Mariella Saba
Mariella Saba
Co-Founder, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Mariella Saba

Mariella Saba is based in L.A. and is co-founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM), the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latinx communities. Mariella states: “ Who I am today is a collective journey. Born awake, guided through every breath, every step, sun n moon. to end the wars on our sacred earth bodies. I am reflections intentions. Our ancestors movements for freedom now. Our seeds of love spread. Our relatives pain transformed. Like a hummingbird, like water, like trees, we do our part for the whole.”
Bamby Salcedo
Bamby Salcedo
President and CEO, TransLatin@ Coalition

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby is a national and international transgender Latina Woman who is pursuing a master’s degree in Latino/a Studies. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin@s in the US. Bamby is currently developing the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for transgender people in Los Angeles.Bamby’s remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and Latin@ communities. Bamby has been featured in multiple media outlets such as People en Español, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, and more.
Brian Schultz
Brian Schultz
Community Outreach Manager, Foundation Center - Cleveland

Brian Schultz

Serving as a bridge between the nonprofit and philanthropic community, Brian conducts trainings and special programming to connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Brian developed and manages the popular series, Rising Tide, which highlights critical social issues and opportunities for philanthropy to accelerate social change. Following the wildly successful Rising Tide Lifts LGBTQ Issues, Brian quickly became known as a local resource helping nonprofits and foundations to navigate the LGBTQ landscape. He now serves as an Ohio LGBTQ Funding Ambassador, and co-led the recent Out in Ohio LGBTQ Funders’ Immersion Trip in Cleveland.Brian is a Cleveland native with a strong love of the city and commitment to its social sector. Prior to joining Foundation Center he spent a year in direct service as a City Year Corps member. Brian holds a B.A. from Xavier University in international studies and has studied in Austria and France.
Gunner Scott
Gunner Scott
Director of Programs, Pride Foundation

Gunner Scott

Gunner Scott is the Director of Programs at Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation serving the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Gunner received a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, where he completed the oral history project entitled “Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.” He brings over twenty years of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community, including his work in the fields of LGBTQ partner abuse, transgender equality, and community arts and culture. He brings extensive experience in public policy development, training and public education, developing legislative campaigns, fundraising, and communications. In addition to his work in the LGBTQ community, he serves as the chair of the Highland Park Action Committee, a neighborhood advocacy group, on the community advisory committee for the Myers Way Sanctioned Homeless Encampment, and on the City of Seattle’sHousing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) community focus group.Prior to living in Seattle, he was a founding member and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), where he led a five-year legislative campaign for the Transgender Equal Rights bill, which passed the Massachusetts legislature in 2011. He has written articles on issues of transgender equality, health care access, racial equity, and LGBTQ partner abuse for publications such as the Huffington Post, Clockworks Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows newspaper, 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves; What’s Up magazine, and Sojourner Women’s Forum. He also penned “Agitate and Activate,” the introduction to Pinned Down by Pronouns, a 2003 Lambda Literary-nominated anthology and he is a co-author on the study and 2011 American Journal of Public Health article “Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results from a Household Probability Sample of Adults.”
Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez
Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez
Lead Organizer, Florida Immigrant Coalition

Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez

Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez is a trans immigrant born in Bogota, Colombia that grew up in south Florida organizing against deportations and to expand access to higher education since 2007. As a graduate student at the City University of New York, Isabel published scholarly articles detailing the effects of legal status and marginalization on undocumented mothers, their families, as well as adolescents in the transition to adulthood. From 2015 through 2016, they were the state coordinator of New York's Mexican Initiative on Deferred Action which provided free legal aid to 1,600 undocumented young adults across 33 counties. Isabel also proudly serves on the national selection committee of the DREAM.US Undocumented Youth Scholarship Fund and the board of Unite for a Fair Economy. They are currently the Lead Organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
Joanne Stekler
Joanne Stekler
Associate Professor, University of Washington

Joanne Stekler

Dr. Stekler’s research is focused in two primary areas: HIV prevention and clinical consequences of primary HIV infection. Dr. Stekler is working to expand routine HIV antibody testing and access to pooled HIV nucleic acid amplification testing to diagnose acute HIV infection. She leads several studies investigating novel methods to diagnose acute and early HIV infection; comparisons of rapid HIV tests; and home, self-testing for HIV infection. Her other interests in HIV prevention include HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and use of technology for education and research recruitment. Dr. Stekler started the first community-based PrEP clinic in Seattle in 2013 at Gay City, a local community-based organization. Her other work in PrEP includes working to increase PrEP uptake among highly affected populations, training community providers across the Northwest to prescribe PrEP, developing a smartphone app to link people to PrEP, and research into PrEP adherence and new medications for PrEP. Dr. Stekler also works at the University of Washington Primary Infection Clinic within the clinical core of the Seattle Primary Infection Program (SeaPIP), a collaboration of local and national virologists, immunologists, and clinicians. Dr. Stekler's interests include interdisciplinary research to understand factors associated with HIV transmission, consequences of transmitted drug resistance, viral dynamics following HIV acquisition, and clinical outcomes of antiretroviral therapy during primary HIV infection.
Charles Stephens
Charles Stephens
Founder and Executive Director, Counter Narrative Project

Charles Stephens

Charles Stephens is the founder and Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project and co-editor of the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. He has over 10 years experience developing innovative community engagement initiatives, piloting programs, and mobilizing black gay men. Charles organized the historic 2014 Whose Beloved Community: Black Civil and LGBT Rights Conference, served as the co-chair of the Emory University Hope Clinic Community Advisory Board, and led the AID Atlanta sponsored social marketing campaign targeting young black gay and bisexual men called “From Where I Stand.” Charles has been an Arcus Leadership Fellow, a fellow at the CDC Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership and the Black AIDS Institute Community Mobilization College. His work in Black LGBT politics and culture has been honored by PFLAG, ZAMI (which awarded him their Marlon Riggs Social Justice Award) and Unity Fellowship Church which honored him with their Community Award.
Chase Strangio
Chase Strangio
Staff Attorney, LGBT & HIV Project, ACLU

Chase Strangio

Chase Strangio is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project. Chase’s work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy, on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV across the United States. Chase currently represents Chelsea Manning and is co-counsel in the case of Gavin Grimm currently pending before the Supreme Court and the North Carolina lawsuit challenging the anti-trans law, HB2.Prior to joining the ACLU, Chase was an Equal Justice Works fellow and the Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where he represented transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in confinement settings. In 2012, Chase founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides direct bail/bond assistance to LGBTQ immigrants in criminal and immigration cases. Chase is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Grinnell College.
Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow
Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow
Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church Detroit

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow is licensed with the Metropolitan Community Church and United Church of Christ. Currently he is the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church Detroit and also works with congregations on LGBTQ inclusion as the Director of Ministerial Outreach for the African-American Roundtable, a program of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies on the campus of Pacific School of Religion. Rev. Dr. Stringfellow has been consulted by media outlets regarding his work on marriage equality and religious liberty and the role people of color and communities of faith play in this national debate.
Kasey Suffredini
Kasey Suffredini
Chief Program Officer, Freedom for All Americans

Kasey Suffredini

Kasey Suffredini is Chief Program Officer at Freedom for All Americans, the national, bipartisan campaign to win full LGBT nondiscrimination protections nationwide. A transgender attorney with nearly two decades of experience managing nonprofits, developing policy, and leading advocacy campaigns on LGBT issues, he’s participated in efforts to secure over 100 policy reforms in nearly every state and at the federal level and has helped to elect hundreds of pro-LGBT candidates to office, including the nation’s first openly gay state attorney general, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Immediately prior to joining Freedom for All Americans, Kasey was Executive Director of MassEquality, where he developed and led successful campaigns to secure adoption of comprehensive transgender nondiscrimination protections, transgender-inclusive health insurance, LGBTQ-inclusive anti-bullying protections, and the nation’s first statewide commissions to address LGBTQ youth homelessness and LGBTQ aging. In his current role, he serves as co-chair of Freedom Massachusetts, the coalition that won statewide public accommodations protections for transgender people in the only state to pass statewide LGBT nondiscrimination protections in 2016. He now co-chairs the campaign to protect that law at the ballot in 2018.
Pastor Debreita “Brei” Taylor
Pastor Debreita “Brei” Taylor
Pastor, Oasis Fellowship Ministries

Pastor Debreita “Brei” Taylor

Pastor Brei, as she is affectionately called, has organized Oasis Fellowship Ministries and its 501(c)(3) Oasis Unified Transformations Community Development Corporations (O.U.T.) to serve and provide refuge and advocacy to those individuals that have found themselves socially marginalized, in one form or another.Pastor Brei has over the past 11 years devoted most of her time and energy towards serving the LGBTQ community through both religious, social equality and justice outreach. Among her significant positions, with education being a high priority, Pastor Brei worked in the Orange County Public School system as a classroom teacher, mentor and Florida Guardian Ad Litem for Seminole County Juvenile Justice. Pastor Brei also serves as a core leader on Contigo Fund’s Grant Committee supporting efforts following the Pulse tragedy to heal, educate and empower those distinctly impacted.
Tyler TerMeer
Tyler TerMeer
Executive Director, Cascade AIDS Project

Tyler TerMeer

Tyler TerMeer is Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project, the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services in Oregon and SW Washington and Prism Health a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental health center where all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community can obtain the compassionate and culturally effective primary and mental healthcare they need and deserve. . TerMeer graduated from Otterbein University with a BFA in Theatre Design Technology, fully intending a career in theatre management. However, after testing positive for HIV in 2004 and experiencing the support and expertise of a local AIDS service organization, TerMeer turned his efforts toward helping others living with HIV and advocating for strong, effective HIV policy.Over the next decade, TerMeer translated his passion and skill into impact. Professionally, TerMeer served as Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC), Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Director of Men’s and Youth Programs for Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, and Manager in Prevention at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), where his portfolio included NASTAD’S Gay Men’s, Transgender, Biomedical, Linkage to Care, and Prevention with Positives programs.He earned an MS in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Leadership from Walden University, and he also graduated from the UCLA / Johnson and Johnson Health Care Executive Management Program. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Policy and Administration.In addition, TerMeer is on the Advisory Board for the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA); on the Board of Directors of Positive Pedalers (PosPeds), an openly HIV Positive cyclist group; on the Client Advisory Committee for the National Quality Center (NQC); and as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth (AFY).TerMeer has not only improved the lives of thousands of people living with HIV or at risk of contracting the virus, but he has earned a number of accolades along the way. In 2011, POZ Magazine named TerMeer among “People on the Move.” The next year TerMeer’s leadership was recognized by the White House as one of the “Nation’s Emerging LGBTQ+ Leaders," and in 2013 Otterbein University awarded him its annual Leadership and Citizenship Young Alumni Award.TerMeer is an avid cyclist and runner and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his rescue dog – a pug named Riley.
Loan Tran
Loan Tran
Communications Director, Southern Vision Alliance

Loan Tran

Loan Tran is a queer, gender non-conforming, and immigrant organizer and writer based in North Carolina. They are the Communications Director for the Southern Vision Alliance. In their role they support the communications and campaign work of organizations focusing on issues ranging from school to prison pipeline to gender justice, islamophobia, racism, and more. Loan began organizing in high school and has worked with organizations such as ColorLines on a local Drop the “I” Word Campaign; the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network as a national advisory council member and board member; and currently serve on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center. Loan is passionate about building mass movements, the practice of participatory processes through popular education, and lifting up the leadership and vision of queer and trans people of color across the South.
Edgar Villanueva
Edgar Villanueva
Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation

Edgar Villanueva

Edgar Villanueva is the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation where he leads a team to support education justice movements in the United States through grantmaking, strategic communication and policy supports, and networking.Edgar is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy, beginning his grantmaking career in 2005 as a Senior Program Officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a $600 million health equity-focused foundation in North Carolina. Later, Edgar served as a Program Officer for the National and Midwest Portfolios at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle where he managed a $30 million portfolio focused on building capacity for progressive change.Edgar has been a social justice advocate and has held leadership roles on various boards and advisory committees to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the philanthropic sector including: The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise National Advisory Committee, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Fund the People, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and the University of North Carolina’s Public Health Foundation.
Hida Viloria
Hida Viloria
Latinx Writer, Activist and Author

Hida Viloria

Hida Viloria is a Latinx writer, activist and author of Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books), who uses s/he and he/r pronouns (pronounced she/her). S/he has been widely published (The New York Times, The Advocate, Ms., CNN.com, American Journal of Bioethics...) and has advocated for intersex and non-binary rights as one of the first openly intersex people in the world and an openly queer lecturer, consultant (United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Williams Institute…) and frequent television and radio guest (Oprah, 20/20, BBC…). Hida is founding director of The Intersex Campaign for Equality, and in 2013 he/r pioneering human rights work was acknowledged when s/he became the first intersex person to speak at the United Nations, by invitation, along with Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova. S/he lives in Santa Fe with her partner and stepson. Follow Viloria on Facebook or Twitter at @hidaviloria, or on the web atHidaViloria.com.
Jazmine Walker
Jazmine Walker
Southern Development Strategist, Walker Consulting

Jazmine Walker

Jazmine Walker is a Southern Development Strategist at Walker Consulting who specializes in reproductive justice and solidarity economy movements.She is from Jackson, MS. Her public scholarship and activism is rooted in people driven social and political movements that are accessible and appealing to the communities we work, love, and live.After receiving an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Mississippi, Jazmine works with farmers, leaders, and reproductive rights & justice organizations. She provides technical assistance, supports local philanthropy & food systems, and promotes just & sustainable economies in the Deep South and Central Appalachia.In her spare time, she is the co-creator, -producer, and -host of a weekly podcast called The Black Joy Mixtape that centers Black joy, liberation, femmes, women, and girls as it tackles weekly headlines through comedy and sisterhood.She currently resides in Washington, DC.
David M. Wertheimer
David M. Wertheimer
Director of Community and Civic Engagement, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

David M. Wertheimer

David M. Wertheimer, has worked in a variety of capacities in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors for more than three decades. He has been employed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle since 2006, and currently serves as the foundation’s Director of Community and Civic Engagement. He previously served as Deputy Director for the Pacific Northwest Initiative, overseeing the foundation’s work to end family homelessness.David currently serves as the President of the Haverford College Alumni Association, on the Board of Directors of Partners for Our Children, and on the Washington State Health Innovation Leadership Network (HILN). He is the immediate past national Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness (2012-2016), served as co-Chair of the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Task Force (2014-15).A native of New York City, David was the first Executive Director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and a former NYC Human Rights Commissioner. He is a graduate of Haverford College, Yale University Divinity School and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.When not working in Seattle, David and his husband make their home on Guemes Island, WA.
Rebecca Wisotsky
Rebecca Wisotsky
Director of Philanthropic Outreach, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Rebecca Wisotsky

Rebecca Wisotsky is the Director of Philanthropic Outreach at Funders for LGBTQ Issues and oversees strategic outreach efforts to new funders in order to increase the overall grantmaking to LGBTQ issues. Rebecca has a strong commitment to social justice demonstrated through over 10 years of experience working in national and grassroots organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Her focus has been on developing social change leaders and strengthening organizations that are working for a more just society. Prior to this role, Rebecca supported Funders for LGBTQ Issues as a consultant focused on the annual Funding Forward conference in Atlanta, bringing together national and local funders to discuss funding strategies and critical issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Previously, Rebecca was the Executive Coordinator at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice where she supported fundraising and grant-making strategy and contributed to improving systems for internal management and operations. Prior to her role at Astraea, Rebecca was a Program Coordinator at the Audre Lorde Project where she developed and managed the 3rd Space Support Program (3SS), a program that creates sustainable methods of community based support for LGBTSTGNC People of Color. During her tenure at ALP, the 3SS program grew from an idea to a comprehensive program that incorporates multiple forms of community support. In 2011 Rebecca was a fellow in the Selah Leadership Program, a national network of progressive Jews who work for social justice, where she is still an active network member. She is currently a Steering Committee Member for the New York Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Multi-ethnic Practice from the University of Washington. Rebecca lives with her partner and cat in Brooklyn, NY.
Judy Yu
Judy Yu
Program Officer, Wellspring Advisors

Judy Yu

Judy joined Wellspring in September 2016 after serving as Director of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Correctional Association of New York (CA). Judy also previously served as the CA’s Associate Director of LGBTQ Youth Issues, advocating for reform and policies that recognize and address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth in the system. She coordinated the New York Juvenile Justice Coalition, a statewide network of advocates, service providers, and community members and co-chaired the Coalition’s two work groups: LGBTQ Youth and Conditions of Confinement. Judy has also worked as the Director of Programs at APEX for Youth, a mentoring and educational services program for underserved Asian and immigrant youth in New York City, and was Associate Director of the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center’s youth services program. Among other affiliations Judy was a member of the Federal LGBT Criminal Justice and HIV Criminalization Working Group, and served on the School Climate and Discipline Work Group of the New York City Mayor’s School Climate Leadership Team, a task force charged with developing policy recommendations to enhance the well-being and safety of students and reduce harsh discipline responses and arrests. Judy has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Hunter College, and she received her BA from Barnard College.
Kimberly Zieselman
Kimberly Zieselman
Executive Director, interACT

Kimberly Zieselman

Kimberly is an intersex woman and Executive Director of interACT which advocates for the human rights of children born with intersex traits through law and policy initiatives, visibility raising in the media and empowering the next generation of young intersex leaders. After graduating from law school, Kimberly served as Policy Analyst for the MA Joint Committee on Health Care, and then worked in Government Relations and Advocacy for a variety healthcare related nonprofits, including Boston Children’s Hospital. From 2009 through 2015 she served on the board of AIS-DSD Support Group, the largest intersex support group in the country, and was the annual conference host and organizer in Boston 2013. Kimberly was selected as an Arcus Foundation LGBT Leadership Fellow in 2015-2016. In 2015 Kimberly participated as the sole US intersex representative to an expert intersex meeting convened by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and is now a member of the United States Human Rights Networks International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee.