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Staff

Ethan Lin

Director of Grassroots Fundraising & Communications

Ethan Lin is a longtime donor and supporter of SRLP who dreams of building a world in which all of us have access to resources that enable us to become the best version of ourselves. In his spare time, he enjoys running and dabbling in epistemology.

Hannah Walker

Director of Survival and Self-Determination Project

Hannah Walker is the Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project at SRLP. A transplant from rural New Hampshire, she has been actively involved in grassroots organizing, anti-violence movements, and gender liberation for the past six years. Hannah is committed to radical empathy and strives to build supportive coalitions between and across communities of varying life experiences. She spends her “free time” being a cat mom, dabbling in yoga, and trying not to kill the plants in her apartment.

Kimberly Mckenzie

Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

Kimberly Mckenzie is a trans woman of color organizer with over 6 years of work experience in grassroots organizing for marginalized trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex communities. Because of her commitment to creating long-term solutions to end race- and gender based oppression, Kimberly is deeply dedicated to SRLP's strength and sustainability. Dedicated to empowering the leadership and political voices of marginalized trans communities, Kimberly firmly believes that in order for TGNCI communities to contribute to the work of our liberation, they must be free from violence and discrimination. Kimberly continues to support and advocate for TGNCI communities in the broader work for social justice and long-term systemic change.

Maxwell Scales

Director of Development and Finance

Maxwell Scales is a longtime SRLP supporter and volunteer who currently serves as the Director of Development, overseeing our institutional funding and daily financial operations. Born and raised in the South, Max has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 15 years. Max has a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser; prior to joining the SRLP staff, he did development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), focusing on events, planned giving, direct mail, and major gifts. He is a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional. Max is into intersectional lenses, wealth redistribution, and spreadsheet shortcuts.

Mik Kinkead

Director of Prisoner Justice Project

Mik Kinkead (he/him) has been around the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) volunteering, interning, and serving on the Collective since 2008. In 2015, he joined SRLP staff as a staff attorney and the Director of the Prisoner Justice Project. He graduated CUNY Law School in 2013, where he participated in clinics focusing on the rights of youth in adult prisons and benefits access for low-income New Yorkers. Mik has previously worked as a staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, a case manager at the Ali Forney Center, and a lifeline volunteer for the Trevor Project.

Sasha Alexander

Director of Membership

Sasha Alexander is a queer trans, black/south asian, artist, educator, and healer. A former youth organizer, Sasha has been working at the intersections of lgbtq, youth, media, economic, gender and racial justice movements for almost 20 years.  Sasha has worked with various community based organizations as a lead organizer, case manager, summer youth employment supervisor, trans youth specialist, program coordinator, media educator, and facilitator. Sasha was named one of the inaugural trans 100 for their organizing and media based work in trans communities of color. In 2013 after teaching at the intersections of youth media and social justice for over a decade, and called to action by the murder of 21 year old Islan Nettles, Sasha launched Black Trans Media committed to addressing the intersections of racism and transphobia by shifting and reframing the value and worth of black trans lives #blacktranseverything. Sasha works as the Membership Director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) in NYC a legal and movement based organization working for collective liberation; as the Membership Director and Co-Director of the Movement Building Team Sasha works to strengthen the leadership of  trans, gender non conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people specifically low income people, people of all abilities, formerly incarcerated people, people living with HIV, immigrants, and people of color.  Sasha loves time on the land, decolonizing everything, trans reproductive futures, their cat mumia shakur, arts of all mediums, and movement history.  Sasha uses the pronouns he/she/they and insists that you mix it up.

Sei Young Pyo

Director of Immigrant Justice Project

Sei Young Pyo is a Staff Attorney and the Director of the Immigrant Justice Project. She believes in being together with clients where they are and in más acción, menos protagonismo. Prior to coming to SRLP, Sei learned and grew from working at Immigration Equality, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, and Lambda Legal. At Harvard Law School, Sei musical directed the yearly full-length musical comedy production the Harvard Law School Parody and co-founded the Queer Theory Reading Group. In another life, Sei would have become an exuberant philosophy professor writing on the relationship between emotions and art. Her biggest supporter is her lovable senior dog, Rowa.

Stefanie Rivera

Director of Client Services

Stefanie Rivera is a long-time member and former consultant and Prisoner Justice Project intern at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). Stefanie helped to found the Prisoner Justice Project and has played a pivotal role in SRLP’s development. In 2015, she joined staff as the Director of Client Services. In her current role, Stefanie serves as a bridge between members and clients and assists in making sure that SRLP is a safe and accessible space for all. Stefanie routinely trains judges, court officers, law students, and lawyers about working respectfully with transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex clients. She also speaks internationally on issues of trans liberation and abolition and provides Know Your Rights trainings in both English and Spanish. Stefanie is one of the founding members of FIERCE and she has received awards honoring her work from the TransLatina Network and Black Transwomen, Inc. Stefanie has been featured in the film “Fenced Out” the book “On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories” and in artist Micah Bazant's “Trans Life & Liberation” series.

Some of our Core Collective members

Dean Spade

Dean Spade is a member of SRLP's Fundraising and Finance Team. He is a professor at Seattle University School of Law. From 2002 to 2006 he was a staff attorney at SRLP. He wrote a book about trans politics and law influenced by his experiences working with SRLP, called Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law.

Joss Greene

Joss Greene is an educator and grad student who volunteers with organizations in NYC and the Bay Area.  He is passionate about skill sharing, moving resources to trans people of color leaders doing the work, and learning from our elders.  He’s invested in the longterm fight for a world where all trans people can live safe, full, beautiful lives.

    Juana Paola Peralta

    Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

    JPP is a queer fat hard femme Latin@ who dreams of finding new ways of loving, organizing & building each other up in a world that hurts a lot. Juana has been educating and organizing around issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability for over seven years.

    Lorenzo Van Ness

    Lorenzo Van Ness is a native New Yorker who has been working within QTPOC communities in NYC since 2006. While they currently work for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, they have worked to educate New Yorkers of their rights and increase access to the city's resources as a tenant advocate and paralegal. Lorenzo is passionate about language access, LGBTQ rights and racial justice.  In thier spare time, Lorenzo enjoys learning, writing, bike riding and karaoke.

     

      Nila Natarajan

      Nila is honored to be a part of the Core Collective. She hopes to bring her experience as a legal intern with SRLP, as well as her prior and current work with LGBTQ homeless youth, incarcerated folks, and work with families impacted by criminal and child welfare systems to the Collective.