TPATH’s leadership is based on the twin pillars of diversity and creativity. We strive for both by actively seeking to reflect the global trans community at all levels, especially with regards to geography, race, and ethnicity, as well as by non-hierarchically delegating tasks based on interest and individual strengths. If you’re interested in lending a hand drop us a line.
New Mexico, USA
Trudie Jackson, an enrolled member of Navajo Nation and identifies as a Fifth Gender person aka transgender. Her research focuses on the impact of settler colonialism, capitalism, homonationalism, and Christianity on the Two Spirit people. Currently her research focuses on American Indian transgender women in survival sex in urban areas. Some of the topics addressed include stigma, discrimination, substance abuse, violence, and under-reported murders of American Indian transgender women in the Southwest region.
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 is to develop & implement an Indigenous Gender Studies curriculum that highlights the sacredness of gender, sexuality, and identity in Indigenous communities.
Oakland, California, USA
Dani Castro, former project director for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health’s Community Based Research at UCSF, is a nationally recognized and leading expert for health-related issues affecting all trans people. Dani has worked alongside her community to increase access to health and social services for all trans people on a national and international level throughout most of her life. She earned her graduate degree in counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2013. Ms. Castro utilizes her training to develop community- driven social justice coalitions and has provided mental health services at multiple organizations for LGBTQQI people and their families. She is a founding board member for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at UCSF, TAJA’s Coalition, and the Santa Clara County TransPowerment Program. She’s currently disabled and available for consultation on a case by case basis.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Toronto, Canada Berlin, Germany
Noah is a researcher, activist, and PhD student based in Toronto, Ontario and Berlin, Germany. He currently works for the City of Toronto’s shelter system, is a PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (Adult Education and Community Development), and volunteers time on various projects. He received a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology), from the University of British Columbia in 2004, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria in 2009, and a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University in 2015.
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