In 2013 Danielle became one of a handful of trans women of color psychotherapy interns in the country. She practiced at Dimensions Clinic at Castro Mission Health Center where she provided counseling for trans and queer youth and their families while simultaneously working at the COE, as Clinical Supervisor for El/La Para TransLatinas, a part-time graduate student and an integral part of organizing trans community events, including the SF Trans March, the SF Transgender Day of Remembrance, and a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission LGBT Action Committee.
To learn more about Danielle you can see a short video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkcxIRffMMw
New York, New York
Although Nala’s concentration and degree were centered around fashion design, she has experience working with those in the LGBT community who are facing diverse social issues. She also has experience working with at-risk youth as a youth mentor. Her passion to create social changes lead her to be a former founder of TWOCC (Transgender Women of Color Collective) where she sat as a Co-Coordinator for Youth Empowerment. Nala has done extensive work as an outreach liaison in terms of conducting safe sex intervention activities for youths and assisted in coordination of educational and job development services at renowned public service organizations to the LGBT.
In May 2013 she received her cosmetology license. She plans on owning her own “Visionary Boutique” and opening an organization that funds and help women and youth of all experience to receive head to toe make-overs, educational workshops, and tips that will guide them to have the knowledge and appearance for their chosen career path.
She is currently serving on the NYC Young Women’s initiative Council, Board of Directors of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and is the Co-Director of the Healing & Restoration Ministry of Rivers of Living Water NY.
Nala Toussaint plans to continue her education to receive a Master in social work and business.
One word to describe her is ambitious.
Reubs J. Walsh
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Some of Trudie’s accomplishment include 2017 Karen Chatfield Legacy Award, recipient of 2014 Skip Schrader Spirit of Activism, and 2013 Echo Women of the Year. She was an expert consultant for Act Against AIDS Initiative for Transgender Women under collaborative efforts with the Center for Disease Control, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Communication Branch, The National LGBT Health Education at the Fenway Institute, and American Institute for Research. A grant reviewer for the Trans Justice Funding Project in 2015.
Trudie obtained her dual bachelors in American Indian Studies & Public Service and Public Policy and her master in American Indian Studies all from Arizona State University. In 2013, she co-authored with Dr. Irene Vernon, Closing the Gap: A Research Agenda for the Study of Health Needs Among American Indian/Native Hawaiian Transgender Individuals.
Trudie’s passion is social justice and advocates for underrepresented communities of color. Her goal upon completion of her doctoral studies is to develop & implement an Indigenous Gender Studies curriculum that highlights the sacredness of gender, sexuality, and identity in Indigenous communities.
Ge Labid Ygay
* Please note that not all Core Organizational Team members are represented on this page due to personal preference and/or safety considerations.