Meet the Outright team
Outright’s greatness comes from diverse, talented people with varied perspectives who can be their whole selves in an equitable and inclusive environment.
Our team comes from 25 countries, working together to move the world forward to contribute to meaningful change and better lives for our LGBTIQ communities.
Board of Directors
Independent Consultant, New York City
Vice Chairman | Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd., Hong Kong
Former President and CEO | Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Seattle
President | Dunn Development Corp., New York
Cynthia Alison Fortlage
Gender Identity Speaker & Consultant | CAF Services, London
Professor | Southwestern Law School and Adjunct Professor | USC Law School, West Hollywood
Senior Advisor | Afiniti, London
Founder & Executive Director | Association of LGBTQ+ Corporate Directors, New York
Director, Global Policy Advocacy | Prevention Access Campaign, Washington, DC
CEO | Coqual, New York
Conscious Tech Senior Lead | Camelback Ventures, Washington, D.C.
L. Camille Massey
Founding Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice | CUNY Law School, New York
Retired Public Health Executive, Seattle
Vice President, Head of YouTube Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), London
Jennifer C. (Jenny) Pizer
Chief Legal Officer| Lambda Legal, Los Angeles
Founding Principal | Redshift Leadership, Philadelphia
Commissioner | State of California, San Diego
Suki Sandhu OBE
Founder & CEO | Audeliss & Involve, London
Head of Product and Design | Plume, New York
Founder and CEO | Xpointo Media Pte Ltd., Singapore
Managing Director and Senior Partner | The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., London
All staff may not be included due to safety and security reasons.
Executive Director | USA
Prior to becoming Executive Director, Maria served as Outright’s Deputy Executive Director, leading the work of the development and communications teams. In this position, they oversaw a period of extraordinary growth in visibility, diversification and increase in funding. They also launched groundbreaking initiatives, such as Outright’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund and pioneering engagement with international businesses.
Maria previously served as Executive Director of RFSL, Sweden’s largest LGBTIQ organization. While in this position, Maria established RFSL's international program, played a key role in ensuring that the human rights of LGBTIQ people become ingrained in the Swedish government's agenda for development and foreign affairs, advocated for marriage equality (achieved in 2009) and the abolishment of forced sterilization of trans people as a requirement for legal gender recognition (outlawed in 2013).
Maria has conducted leadership training for hundreds of LGBTIQ activists on topics including strength-based coaching and appreciative inquiry. They regularly provide expert opinions to governments, foundations, U.N. agencies and corporations.
Maria (they/she) is frequently quoted by the media, including by outlets like Time magazine and Thomson Reuters.
Senior Development Manager | USA
Chandler Bazemore (he/him) is the Senior Development Manager at Outright International and is based in New York. He joined Outright in 2019 to lead fundraising efforts in New York City. Chandler brings nearly 20 years of fundraising and development experience from different areas, including at-risk LGBT youth services, education enrichment, social justice, community organizing and environmental protection. He believes development and fundraising are about relationship building and sharing the stories of the people and communities impacted by our work. Chandler is passionate about social justice, supportive services and organizations committed to improving people’s lives. Chandler is motivated and inspired to create a world where all people are respected, supported and encouraged to live their authentic selves without reprimand, retaliation and interference. He wants to see a world where access to opportunities and resources are shared freely by all and everyone has the opportunity to live up to their full potential.
Amie Bishop, MSW, MPH
Director of Humanitarian and Global Development Programs | USA
Amie Bishop (she/her) is a human rights advocate and global health leader with professional experience in more than 20 countries. She currently serves as Outright International’s Director of Humanitarian and Global Development Programs. As part of this work, she leads efforts to advocate for better LGBTIQ inclusion in Ukraine’s humanitarian response, is pursuing research on queering humanitarianism globally, and manages a new USAID-funded grantmaking program to resource local movements. Prior to this role, she served as Outright’s Senior Research Advisor for three years. During that time, she authored four groundbreaking research reports: I Just Want to be Free: What It Means to Be a Queer Woman in Today’s Iraq (2022); No Access: LGBTIQ Website Censorship in Six Countries (2021); Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People (2020); and Harmful Treatment: The Global Reach of So-called Conversion Therapy (2019). From 2008 to 2017, she served on Outright’s Board of Directors and was Board Co-Chair from 2014 to 2017. From 1989 to 2014, she worked for PATH, a non-profit global health organization. Her work there spanned a variety of leadership and technical roles in the areas of HIV, tuberculosis, and women’s health.
Amie is an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and holds master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Columbia University.
Director of Development | USA
Elise (she/her) is the Director of Development at Outright and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Senior management team member Elise leads a team of five and oversees Outright’s institutional fundraising, corporate partnerships, individual donor portfolios, planned giving program and development operations. Elise has more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit industry connecting businesses to causes.
Her prior roles include Senior Director of Development at SAGE, where she oversaw institutional, special events and individual giving. In addition, Elise was the Associate Director & Director of Latin America Programs at the New York City Bar Association’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice; and Business and Partnerships Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services. She loves developing and refining systems to achieve efficiencies at nonprofits and engaging diverse stakeholders in social change.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is bilingual in English and Spanish. Elise holds a Master of Science in Administration of International Organizations from Columbia University School of Social Work and a bachelor of arts in International Relations from Tufts University.
Senior Development Officer for Institutional Giving | USA
Damon Clyde (he/him) is the Senior Development Officer for Institutional Giving at Outright and is based in New York. He came to Outright from the British Council, where he developed partnerships with donors based in the United States to support the Council’s international programs on social entrepreneurship, women’s and girls’ empowerment, youth civic engagement and LGBTIQ issues. Before that, Damon worked at the EastWest Institute, a global nonprofit promoting peace and security. He started his international career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan. While in the region, Damon also served as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank and UNHCR.
Damon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University.
Project Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands | Philippines
Ging Cristobal (she/her) is the Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at Outright, and she is based in the Philippines. Ging Cristobal joined Outright in 2008, bringing her over 20 years of lesbian feminist activism. She has been a technical advisor of UNDP Being’s Asia regional project LGBT in Asia. Ging is one of the co-founders of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a coalition of LGBTIQ groups in Southeast Asia, former vice-chairperson of the Board of Amnesty International – Philippines and one of the founders of the Lesbian Advocates Philippines (LeAP!), Inc. She also founded the Stop the Discrimination (STD) Coalition, a multisectoral network pushing for the enactment of the comprehensive anti-discrimination bill. Ging has lobbied for laws to protect LGBT rights as one of the members and founders of the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network (LAGABLAB), including the pending anti-discrimination law.
Alberto de Belaunde
Program Advisor - Global Advocacy | Peru
Alberto de Belaunde (he/him/él) is the Program Advisor - Global Advocacy at Outright. He was the second openly gay congressman in the history of Peru. In 2019, he was awarded the Victory Institute Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award for his work on behalf of the LGBTQ community. In 2021 he was part of the Yale World Fellowship. He has published two books, one of them about openly LGBTI authorities in Latin America.
Alberto is a lawyer with a master's degree in environmental management and postgraduate studies in public policy.
Director of Communications and Marketing | USA
Fox Deatry (he/they/māhū) is the Director of Communications and Marketing at Outright. In his role, Fox oversees communication, brand development, media and talent relations, creative and design, digital content gathering and publishing initiatives. Prior to joining Outright, Fox led the communications and marketing departments for Al Jazeera Media Network, Sea Shepherd, Livestrong.com, Movember USA and The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. He played an integral and pivotal role during the launch of Al Jazeera America and AJ+ and the Network’s award-winning #JournalismIsNotACrime global campaign.
Fox has also worked in the entertainment industry, serving as a publicity executive for Kyzn Media, which had a first-look deal with Fox 21, FX’s scripted and unscripted incubator. He is a board advisor and member of the Society of LGBT Entertainment Critics, home to 300 global entertainment journalists who write on television and film for reputable media outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. He is proud of his Pacific Islander roots.
Fox is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he holds a master’s degree in Political Management.
Development Officer - Individual Giving | USA
Cäcille Ealy (she/her) is a Development Officer for Individual Giving based in New York. She supports the Development team in donor communications, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and donor cultivation and stewardship. Previously, she worked as a freelance designer and writer for start-ups and small-to-size editorial platforms. Cäcille loves critical thinking, process creation and strategy. She’s a strong believer in relationship building and how a network of diverse individuals can bring about impactful systemic change. Cäcille graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. There she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Design and Management with a minor in writing.
Africa Advocacy Officer | South Africa
Khanyo (she/her) is an Africa Advocacy Officer based in Johannesburg. She supports the Africa program in advocating for the rights of LGBTIQ people in various national, regional and international fora. Khanyo has worked on human rights issues, including the rights of LGBTIQ persons in Africa at the International Commission of Jurists as a legal advisor; the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa as a senior lawyer; the African Union Commission as a legal associate and the International Development Law Organisation as an associate researcher.
Khanyo completed her LL.M in International law at Trinity College Dublin through a merit scholarship awarded by the Irish government and an LL.M in Rule of Law for Development (magna cum laude) through a merit scholarship awarded by the U.S. State Department. Through these studies, Khanyo has conducted research on the African human rights system and inclusion and equality.
Khanyo loves working at Outright because it means playing a part in advancing the human rights of LGBTIQ people around the world. Through her work, she supports those who are deliberately silenced to amplify their voices, not only to be included but to ensure their rights are respected and protected.
J. Lester Feder
Senior Fellow for Emergency Research | USA
J. Lester Feder is Outright’s Senior Fellow for Emergency Research. He researches the situation of LGBTIQ people in significant crises. He is a journalist and photographer who has reported in more than 40 countries, whose work has appeared in outlets including Rolling Stone, the New York Times and Vanity Fair. From 2013-2020, Lester was a senior world correspondent at BuzzFeed News, where he pioneered a first-of-its-kind international LGBTQ rights beat. Lester was named Journalist of the Year in 2015 by NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists and received a GLAAD media award in 2016.
Lester holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. from the Columbia Journalism School.
Senior Director of Law, Policy & Research | USA
Neela Ghoshal (any pronouns) is Outright's Senior Director of Law, Policy & Research, based in Washington D.C. Neela oversees Outright’s United Nations, Caribbean, and LBQ Connect and Research programs, develops organizational priorities concerning legal and policy change and ensures Outright’s work aligns with international human rights law. Before joining Outright in 2021, Neela served as Associate LGBT Rights Director at Human Rights Watch, leading global initiatives on LGBTIQ rights and conducting research and advocacy on rights violations related to sexual orientation and gender identity around the world. Prior to joining the LGBT Rights Program, Neela was a researcher in the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, based in Burundi and Kenya. There she covered political repression, police abuse, justice sector reform and transitional justice. Neela previously worked with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, the Bronx Defenders and the New York City public schools. When not working, Neela enjoys growing vegetables, cooking, debating local and global politics and raising two feminist kids. Neela holds a bachelor's degree in social justice studies from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in international relations from Yale University.
Digital Communications Manager | USA
Hala (she/her) is the Digital Communication Manager at Outright International with over a decade of experience. Before her work with various non-profits in New York City, Hala worked at a digital innovation agency in both Beirut and Dubai, where she led different digital campaigns in the MENA region. In addition to her communication strategy work, Hala has a background in graphic design and illustration and often contributes to projects grounded in art activism. Her illustrations have been published in Autostraddle, The Seventh Wave, the Gulf Center for Human Rights, Outright International, Human Rights Watch, and more.
Hala is a recipient of a MEPI Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship and completed her undergraduate Graphic Design degree at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Originally from Lebanon, Hala has found a home in New York.
Global Grants Director | USA
Michael is based in Washington, DC and is the Global Grants Director. This is a new position at Outright International, responsible for the overall design and implementation of Outright’s grantmaking strategies.
From 2015 - 2021, Michael Heflin was the Director of the Equality Division of the Human Rights Initiative at Open Society Foundations leading grant making strategies to advance equality in several areas including LGBTQI rights and the rights of persons with disabilities. During his tenure, the program secured new resources to initiate support for movements advancing racial and ethnic justice in key countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia including Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Myanmar and developed a new global intersectional portfolio focused on women facing multiple layers of discrimination.
Michael came to Open Society Foundations in 2009 to launch a global initiative on LGBTQI rights focused on supporting emerging LGBTQI rights groups in the global South and East. Under his leadership, the foundation became one of the largest donors in the global fight for LGBTQI rights, supporting the development of burgeoning organizations and movements in 50+ countries and leading strategic global initiatives to support local activists that earned historic victories in the areas of decriminalization, family recognition and legal gender recognition.
Prior to joining Open Society Foundations, Michael was Managing Director of the Campaigns Unit for Amnesty International USA. He also served as the founding Director of Amnesty International’s first LGBTQI rights program. Michael also worked at Amnesty’s International Secretariat where he was the Interim Director of the International Mobilization Program. Michael started his human rights career as the Deputy Director of the organization’s Midwest Region Office in Chicago.
Michael holds a law degree with a focus on human rights from the University of Cincinnati where he held a fellowship at the Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute and was an editor of the Human Rights Quarterly.
Director of Leadership Giving | USA
Katie (she/her) is Outright’s Director of Leadership Giving, based in Seattle. In this role, Katie works with Outright’s major donors and other strategic philanthropic partners around the world to propel our work and shared vision forward. Previously, she was a Board Member and West Coast Director for Outright. Katie has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising in the social justice sector. She served as the Northwest Regional Director at NPH USA, leading efforts to support programs for vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean. As the Executive Director of Passages Northwest, a community-based organization, her work focused on building courage and leadership in girls. Katie was also the Assistant Development Director for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for Ashoka’s Youth Venture. Her writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Seattle Times. In 2019, she received the Alumni Advocate Award from Seattle University’s MNPL program. Katie is a passionate feminist and trans ally devoted to intersectional approaches to human rights and social justice movements. Originally from San Francisco, Katie lives in Seattle with her wife and three children.
Katie holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senior Director of Global Programs & Grantmaking | Spain
Paul Jansen (he/him) is the Senior Director of Global Programs and Grantmaking at Outright. He joined Outright in 2017 after working as an International Consultant on organizational and strategic reviews for organizations and networks working on LGBTIQ issues, HIV and other topics. Before starting his consultancy company, he was the Program Director for Salzburg Global Seminar on education, nature and sustainability issues. He has also worked as organizational sustainability advisor in the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health in Bangkok. Prior to this, he was the country director of the Hivos office in Johannesburg. He has been working in international development since 1998 in various development organizations, like Voluntary Service Overseas, after a career in the tourism industry for the Dutch Tourism Board in Cologne, Germany and the Provincial Tourist Board in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Originally from the Netherlands, Paul holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Utrecht University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing management for the hospitality and tourism industry from the Maastricht Hoge Hotelschool.
Senior Human Resources Coordinator | USA
Elle Owls (they/them) is the Senior Human Resources Coordinator for Outright International based in New York. They come to Outright from AAA videogame publishing, where they had been able to shape inclusion efforts internally, grow and support employee resource groups, and partner with outside organizations doing queer advocacy, education, and opportunity in games.
Outside of their capacity at Outright, Elle spends their time immersed in all things role-playing games, whether video or tabletop. They also make art and music. Elle has a degree in technical theater from SUNY Geneseo and returns every year to their alma mater for the gaming convention.
Program Officer for Ukraine | USA
Anton Levdyk (he/him) is Outright’s Program Officer for Ukraine based in Washington, D.C. As part of this work, he contributes to support activities for the Ukraine Emergency Fund and outreach to LGBTIQ civil society organizations in Ukraine to advocate for better LGBTIQ inclusion in the organization’s humanitarian response.
Before this role, for eight years, he served as Program Director for the Ukrainian non-profit Fulcrum UA where he developed and oversaw healthcare and workplace equality projects for LGBTIQ people. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, he has worked as a community case manager, presiding over emergency support for LGBTIQ people who were forced to leave their homes.
Helping people to find non-obvious solutions to everyday problems is Anton’s passion. He cannot imagine his life without being surrounded by amazing people dedicated to the fight for equal rights for everyone.
Anton is a graduate of the University of Educational Management of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, where he holds a master’s degree in Psychology.
Director for Asia Programs | Taipei
Jennifer is a social worker, lesbian feminist, author, and Taiwanese. Based in Taipei, she has been devoted to LGBT rights and political reform movements for 20 years nationally and internationally. Before joining Outright as the Director for Asia Programs, she was the executive director of Taiwan Equality Campaign, known as Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan - an organization that pushed Marriage Equality in Taiwan.
Jennifer was born in Taipei, and she had a younger sister who was the most severe heart disease patient. Her younger sister's struggling life taught her to rethink the most crucial thing in our lives, leading her to join the social movement. She graduated from National Taiwan University with a social worker bachelor and from Sydney University with her policy studies master's degree.
Jennifer focused on establishing an LGBT community support system, services, and gender equality education for ten years while working with Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association. She had over 1,000 speeches, and the number is still increasing nowadays. In January 2016, Jennifer represented the Social Democratic Party and ran for a parliamentary seat in general elections as one of the first lesbian candidates in Taiwan. During her election campaign, she and her team successfully raised the visibility of LGBT issues in politics. They pushed to include equal rights issues and the young generation's political participation on the agenda of the Taiwan parliament.
When Jennifer was chief coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan and senior research fellow at Taiwan Tongzhi(LGBTQ+) Hotline Association, her team organized several successful rallies, one of which was on Human Rights Day in December 2016, in which over 250,000 people stood up to support marriage equality. This rally has pushed society to achieve the significant milestone of Marriage Equality in Taiwan.
Jennifer is also on one of the executive boards in ILGA Asia and an East Asia representative, trying to build more connections for Asia civil society.
Communications and Media Relations Manager | South Africa
Matuba Mahlatjie (he/him) is a trained journalist with almost two decades years experience, most of them in broadcast media. His roles included Senior TV News Producer, News Editor, News Anchor, and recently an international news correspondent. CGTN, TRT World, and TeleSUR English are some of the international media houses he’s worked for. He’s also collaborated with South Africa’s PR Power House and Communications companies for media training projects that benefited civil society, the private sector, and the government with effective messaging and brand positioning. Matuba got his journalism qualifications from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa.
Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships | USA
Jessica (she/they) is our Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships, based out of Colorado. As a member of the development team, she leverages her corporate background to build and strengthen relationships with our partners to accelerate Outright's momentum in advancing LGBTIQ human rights globally. Through various avenues of advocacy and volunteering, she believes in the power of altruism and works to increase food security, artistic freedom, educational equality, and resource conservation throughout her home state of Colorado. That reach extends beyond Colorado, as she harnesses the selfless energy of others as Volunteer Director for a number of organizations on the east coast. As a musician, she creates safe spaces for all to share in the power of dance, community and self-expression.
Jessica holds degrees and certificates from the University at Buffalo and University of California, Berkeley.
Caribbean Advocacy Officer | Jamaica
Tenesha Myrie (she/her) is Outright’s Caribbean Advocacy Officer based in Jamaica. Tenesha is a human rights lawyer with over ten years experience working on issues concerned with gender equality, LGBTIQ rights protection, HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, child rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her work centers on legal and policy reform with a focus on strengthening legal protection and improving access to services for groups in a position of vulnerability. In this regard, she has provided expert opinion to the Government of Jamaica, has consulted for U.N. Women, UNDP, USAID, Child Rights International Network (CRIN), as well as regional and local NGOs such as Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Jamaicans for Justice and others. She has also worked with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C. as a legal fellow. She is a former corporate and property lawyer.
Tenesha holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford and has been recognized as a Researcher for Development by the University of West Indies.
Senior Advisor - Global Trans Program | USA
Rikki Nathanson (she/her/hers) is the Senior Advisor of the Global Trans Program, based in the Washington D.C. area. In her role, she serves as an expert on Outright’s work, supporting efforts on legal gender recognition and strengthening the trans and intersex movements globally. Rikki brings a wealth of experience in global trans advocacy combined with a long track record in the business management and nonprofit sectors. Prior to becoming a board member, she was on the Executive Management team at Casa Ruby in Washington D.C. Before relocating to the United States, Rikki worked in the corporate sector as Company Secretary for a blue-chip company in her native Zimbabwe before opening an events, modeling and consultancy company. She founded the first trans-led and trans-specific organization in that country. As the Chairperson, she was instrumental in forming the Southern Africa Trans Forum. Rikki left that position in 2018. She is famously known for having stood her ground and instituting and winning a civil suit against the government and police of her native country after her unlawful arrest and detention in 2014.
A winner of many accolades, most notably Outright’s Felipa de Souza Award 2019, Rikki is ranked among the top 50 most influential African LGBTIQ Activists in Africa that same year. She continues her fight for justice for her trans and the LGBIQ siblings globally. Rikki does this through her affiliation with several global organizations and movements. Rikki is inspired to right the wrongs that trans and LGBIQ people face, having experienced the cruelty and dangers they endure by being seen as different from the norm.
Rikki holds a qualification from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Zimbabwe.
Global Researcher | Nigeria
Ohotuowo Ogbeche (she/her) is a writer, lawyer, researcher, feminist, and LGBTIQ rights advocate from Nigeria. As Outright’s Global Researcher, she designs and conducts research geared towards the promotion of LGBTIQ persons’ rights worldwide. Prior to joining Outright Ohotuowo worked with The Initiative for Equal Rights, Nigeria (TIERs) as the Director of Research and Knowledge Management. At TIERs, Ohotuowo's work centered around conceptualizing research on sexual and gender minority issues, discriminatory laws, policies, and social norms; to feed into policy development, increased social acceptance, advocacy and training efforts. She is experienced in raising awareness about feminist issues and formulating ideas to promote gender equality. She also strongly believes in and advocates for the liberation of all from the patriarchy. Ohotuowo writes on feminism, sexual minority rights and social issues.
Ohotuowo earned a First Class from the Nigerian Law School and is a graduate of law from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Communications and Content Associate | USA
Hazel (they/them) is a Communications and Content Associate based in New York. They support the Communications team in writing, developing, designing and coordinating Outright’s digital communications. Previously, they have worked as a digital strategist, content creator and social media manager in the nonprofit world and the tech industry. Hazel loves working with digital media and is especially interested in Queer storytelling, with its potential to create profound social change.
Hazel has a self-designed honors degree in Peace & Conflict Studies, with concentrations in Media and Queerness from Pitzer College.
Senior Advisor, Inclusive Development | USA
Andrew (he, they) is Senior Advisor, Inclusive Development and is based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on ensuring LGBTIQ people are included in international development programs with the aim of improving the development outcomes of LGBTIQ populations. Previously he served as the International Program Director at the Williams Institute, an LGBT research center. He directed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and international human rights programs at the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, led the Human Rights Funders Network and co-chaired the Global Philanthropy Project.
After graduating from George Washington University Law School, Park worked as a trial attorney and an Administrative Judge at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Subsequently, he founded and directed the Center for Civil Rights, providing legal and advocacy services to LGBT people in Pennsylvania.
He has served as a consultant to U.N. bodies (OHCHR, UNDP), the World Bank, ILGA World, Human Rights Watch and RFSL. Andrew taught law at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Los Angeles, where he also taught international development studies. He was an organizer of the Yogyakarta Principles process, the global response coordinator for the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and has authored books and articles published in academic journals.
Senior Manager of Development Systems | USA
James (he/him) is the Senior Manager of Development Systems based in New Orleans. He works with the development team to maintain development tools with an eye toward consistency, security, and usability. James has 16-years of experience with non-profit data systems. James has had a diverse non-profit career working in higher education with Pratt Institute, The Arts at The Brooklyn Museum, and LGBTIQ Advocacy with Lambda Legal.
Senior Program Manager, LBQ Connect Program | Belgium
Laura Piazza (she/her) is Outright's Senior Program Manager, LBQ Connect Program. Currently based in Brussels, she is originally from Sicily. Laura leads LBQ Connect, Outright’s new global program. Through mentorship, grants, research and advocacy, LBQ Connect aims to boost the visibility of LBQ issues and leaders around the world.
Before joining Outright, Laura spent seven years as the Senior Program Officer at ILGA-Europe, the umbrella organization of LGBTI groups and associations in Europe and Central Asia. She managed large programs on campaigning, communications and socioeconomic inequalities. Before joining ILGA-Europe, Laura worked in academia. She was a policy officer at the European Commission and head of public affairs for a firm specializing in campaigns for the not-for-profit sector.
Laura holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Turin, an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University, Milan. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Senior Advisor Special Projects Asia | USA
Grace Poore is the Senior Advisor, Special Projects Asia, at Outright. She was the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia from 2007 to 2022, where she managed regional partnership projects for LGBTIQ access to justice, rights to fundamental freedoms and protections from domestic violence and family violence. She will continue coordinating the Asia Regional Network on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) and Gender Based Violence (GBV), comprising LGBTIQ advocates and GBV expertise in Asia and Outright’s project on the impacts of ageism on LGBTIQ older adults in Asia and strategies to promote rights of LGBTIQ elders and establish protections from old age discrimination. Previously, Grace worked for nine and a half years in the U.S. movement to stop domestic violence. Publications include “Through The Lens,” a report on violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka, “Creeping Criminalization,” a report on curtailment of LGBTIQ and women’s rights in Indonesia, published by Outright “Shattered Lives,” a report on domestic violence homicides in Asian families in the U.S., published by Asia Pacific Institute on GBV. Her documentary films on the intersectionality of domestic violence and incestuous child sexual abuse in South Asian communities have been viewed in 18 countries.
Grace holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University. She is from Malaysia and is based in Maryland.
Operations Assistant | USA
June (they/them) is the Operations Assistant based in New York. They assist the Operations team through office management, technological support, administrative upkeep and intern recruitment. Previously, they have worked as a media services coordinator in academic and events settings. June enjoys working at the intersection between people and technology and is excited to apply their technical skills to support others.
June has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Executive Assistant | USA
Meg Rosensweet (she/her) is Outright’s Executive Assistant based in Queens, New York City. In her role, Meg supports the Executive Director, acts as a liaison to Outright’s Board of Directors and supports the organization’s major functions and events. Meg is also an active comedy writer who uses humor to explore queer identity and experience in her work.
Meg is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of SUNY Purchase College where she pursued a self-guided degree in Media Theory, Production, and Writing.
Asia and Pacific Program Officer | Philippines
Faith Sadicon (they/them) is Outright's Program Officer, Asia and Pacific, based in the Philippines. They are a queer activist and lawyer with extensive experience in legal and policy work and campaigning and organizing for various social movements. They co-founded Camp Queer, a local queer organization creating safe and nurturing spaces for queer people and working in solidarity with other marginalized groups. Prior to engaging in queer activism, they were part of the youth and migrant worker movements in the Philippines. They also worked for Sandiganbayan, the Special Anti-Graft Court of the Philippines, where they joined the Committee on Gender Responsiveness which proposes and implements policies and programs related to gender equality and justice.
Corporate and Development Associate | USA
Andrew Schlager (he/him) is the Corporate and Development Associate at Outright . In this role, he supports functions including corporate engagement and fundraising administration, research, external communications and content creation and review. For the past five years, Andrew has been involved in New York-based LGBTIQ advocacy, political mobilization and social impact. He is a passionate traveler and French language enthusiast from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Andrew was introduced to Outright as an intern with the development team before transitioning to a permanent role with the organization in 2021.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Politics with minors in Sociology, French and Peace and Conflict Studies from New York University.
Jonta Eliakim Saragih
Indonesia Program Officer | Indonesia
Jonta (he/him) is Outright's Indonesia Program Officer and is based in Indonesia. He manages Outright’s programs in Indonesia and Timor Leste and primarily leads the implementation of the Preserving Fundamental Freedoms in Indonesia program that focuses on providing leadership capacity for young Indonesian LGBTIQ activists, promoting positive coverage on local media and advocating for anti-discrimination policies for SOCIE-SC. He also supports other smaller projects implemented in Indonesia and Timor Leste. He started his activism at Hivos Indonesia in 2013 working on HIV advocacy and capacity strengthening activities of trans and MSM (men who have sex with men) organizations in Southeast Asia. Later he worked on a project striving to change public perceptions of LGBTIQ people by engaging and influencing religious leaders and sensitizing mainstream media outlets in Indonesia.
Jonta completed his master’s degree at the University of Leeds in Global Development and Gender. He enjoys going to the beach and spending time with friends in his spare time.
Caribbean Advocacy Officer | Trinidad and Tobago
Leah Thompson (she/her) is Outright’s Caribbean Advocacy Officer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Leah is a lawyer, a graduate of the University of the West Indies, who worked as a trial lawyer with the Solicitor General’s Department of Trinidad and Tobago before entering the non-profit sector.
Leah has worked in several roles and projects focusing on gender equality, ending gender-based violence and promoting and protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people. She has consulted with U.N. Women, UNDP, the OAS, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities, Jamaicans for Justice, the Coalition Against Domestic Violence (TT) and the Trinidad and Tobago Community of Positive Women. As project coordinator of the Sexual Culture of Justice project, a collaboration among all registered LBGTIQ organizations in Trinidad and Tobago,
Leah’s work focused on reducing gender-based violence and preventing LGBTIQ discrimination through coalition building, community action and legislative reform. During that time, she was part of the press team contributing to public discourse in support of the repeal of discriminatory anti-LGBTIQ laws in Trinidad and Tobago.
Luiza Drummond Veado
Senior Program Officer | USA
Luiza Drummond Veado (she/her) is Outright's Senior Program Officer, working with the United Nations and leading our multilateral advocacy efforts. Luiza is a Brazilian attorney based in New York. Previously, she worked at the Rapporteurship on Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for almost two years, where she developed thematic reports and worked on leading regional cases on LGBTI rights. Prior to this, she was a member of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Essex and has worked at the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, the Center for Justice and International Law and the Minas Gerais State Human Rights Council and its Truth Commission. Luiza has also published several academic articles on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics; trained more than one hundred activists and government officials on international and regional non-discrimination standards, with a focus on LGBTIQ rights; and has coordinated an award-winning video campaign on violence against LGBTI persons in the Americas.
Luiza holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.
Africa Program Officer | Kenya
Yvonne Wamari (She/her), is Outright’s Africa Program Officer. Her work focuses on advocacy toward ending conversion practices in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa through knowledge and evidence generation, awareness creation, and advocacy at national, regional, and international levels.
Yvonne has been involved in advancing human rights for well over a decade. She has extensive experience in national, regional, and international human rights advocacy, security management, and movement building. Before joining Outright, Yvonne worked to advance the safety and security of human rights defenders, transitional justice, human rights education, and policy and legislative advocacy.
Yvonne is a lawyer by profession and dedicates her spare time to advancing women’s rights and a secure environment for women human rights defenders. she is the chairperson of the board of Directors of the Women Human Rights Defenders Hub, and a recipient of the PinkNews Local leaders award 2022.
Head of Operations | USA
Kevin Wanzor (any pronouns) is the Head of Operations at Outright, based in New York City, where he directs financial, human resources, systems and recruiting operations. Before joining Outright in November 2017, Kevin worked in education access and student advocacy. As Chief of Staff and a teacher, Kevin supported professionals, teams, job seekers and students to be their strongest advocates. Previously, Kevin worked in global health PR, researching and assessing social and epidemiological studies related to HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases.
In addition to being a nonprofit leader, Kevin is an award-winning lyricist and playwright and spent many years traveling the country as a performer. His passion for working for marginalized populations and advocating for equality and parity is also reflected in his artistic pursuits. Kevin has collaborated with several organizations to create an acting and singing program for foster care LGBT teens.
Kevin is an alumnus of Syracuse University and the prestigious BMI Writing Program.
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