Julian (they/them) is a white, queer, transmasculine cat parent. Julian currently works as a housing attorney in Brooklyn where they represent low-income tenants who are facing eviction. They fell in love with SRLP after witnessing the beautiful work of the movement-building team during their time as a legal intern and fellow. Julian is incredibly grateful to be a part of the collective so they can support staff in creating a space where members can dream, scheme and build a world worthy of their existences.
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Ash Stephens (they/them or he/him) is a Black, Southern, trans-masculine boi whose life’s work is in anti-violence and prison abolition communities. Before moving to Brooklyn, Ash devoted much of their commitments to racial, gender, and social justice in Chicago organizing communities with the Chicago Community Bond Fund and the volunteer-led collective of Love & Protect. Ash is a PhD Candidate in Criminology, Law & Justice with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. They are currently the Manager of Bail Operations at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, which pays bail for NYers who can’t afford to post bail and fights to end cash bail and pretrial detention.
Director of Grassroots Fundraising & Communications
Adelaide Matthew Dicken is a non-binary Pisces transwoman theatre-maker and resource-mover. She uses the names Adelaide or Matthew interchangeably, and likes it when you mix up she/her or they/them pronouns when referring to them. Adelaide has supported SRLP as a volunteer since 2016, when they were on the host committee for Small Works for Big Change. She organizes in grassroots abolitionist movements committed to mutual aid for incarcerated queer and trans people of color, freeing criminalized survivors, and building support structures towards economic self-determination for people working for trans & disability justice.
Director of Kibbles
Penny loves to eat peanut butter.
Director of Survival and Self-Determination Project
Hannah Walker, Esq. is a staff attorney and 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.
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement
Kimberly Mckenzie is a black trans woman of color organizer and abolitionist with over 10 years of work experience in grassroots organizing for marginalized trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex communities. Currently as the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Kimberly McKenzie is dedicated to empowering the leadership and political voices of marginalized trans communities filling many different leadership roles that focus on growing the self-advocacy skills, political education and sustainability of TGNCI community members of color facing poverty, violence, and discrimination. Kimberly Supports the mission of ending mass incarceration within the intersections of Woman, Race and Gender while building community resources.
She was also one of the many organizers who spoke on behalf of the JusticeforLayleen campaign to demand justice and accountability’s to the city’s placement of trans woman placed in solitary confinement at Rikers. And she is also a current member of the TGNCNBI taskforce to review the Department of Correction (DOC), ), policies related to TGNCNBI people in custody to ensure that the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) properly implements SRLP’s feedback and comments on the treatment of TGNC people. Kimberly is committed to creating long-term systemic solutions to end race- and gender based oppression. She believes that those who are directly impacted are experts on their lived-experience and must inform strategies and solutions to address our overall work to decriminalize, decarcerate, and liberate. While we work to change laws and policies we must also address the root causes of our conditions seeking to shift narratives and our relationships to power. As an abolitionist she also believes it is imperative to address the legal, systemic, institutional, interpersonal, internalized, and ideological barriers that the State has imposed to criminalize our 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.
Her deepest hope is that we can advocate for our communities and the immediate support needed to our communities facing a multitude of oppression to find ways they can be inspired to overcome the many barriers the state puts on them for solely existing.
Director of Development and Finance
As a native New Yorker and community member who established roots in the South, Lacey saw first-hand how vital obtaining self-affirming IDs are to the safety and livelihood of our TGNCI family members. Personally aware of the many injustices that are setup to challenge and oppress our communities while trying to navigate day to day; Lacey is beyond excited to rejoin the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as Director of Development & Finance. Her new role within the Collective will focus on the sustainability of SRLP’s mission, financial health while developing new opportunities for growth through grassroots fundraising.
She will be supporting membership and clients with their goals and leadership skills within the Fundraising & Finance Team. Her hopes are for our people to be free to self-determine and break the systematic chains of oppression; such as racial, economic and medical injustices. Lacey is a seasoned hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience with companies such as Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group and Carlson with a successful background in building strong service and revenue cultures. Previously she has worked as Director of Operations at SRLP and Consulting Director of Culture for The Grove Hotel & Ice Palace in Fire Island.
Always seeking to serve, in the past she has volunteered as Director of Community Engagement for Transcend Legal to help the TGNCI community obtain legal services in New York State – focusing on areas that resources are limited or nonexistent. Previously she has also volunteered with organizations such as Pride for Youth, TLDEF, PFLAG, HRC and Rotary International. Lacey looks forward to continuing the work our elders of Stonewall jumped started in 1969, knowing that Liberation happens when we show up for each other, hold space, break bread and have uncomfortable conversations in a caring way.
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.
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.
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.