Our team

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.

Trudy Jackson
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.

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Shane Camastro
Toronto, Ontario

Shane is the Website Designer and Administrator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. He is currently studying Aboriginal Studies, Celtic Studies and English at the University of Toronto. As an active member of the queer and trans* community in Toronto, Shane spends his time supporting LGBTTI2SQ* youth through his work facilitating dialogues around community building and anti-oppression, as a volunteer coordinator and supervisor, graphic designer/web administrator for non-profits, peer support worker, and arts mentor. The work he is involved with primarily focuses on inclusive sexual health education, mental health stigma and self-care, queer and trans* families, queering curriculum and anti-oppression education – with an emphasis on Trans* justice.
Satya Nagpaul
Mumbai, India
Satya is a transman, gender activist, homemaker, and a cinematographer from India. He is a graduate from India’s National Film School, the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII). In the late 1990s he started the Indian trans* (and now intersex-inclusive) network, Sampoorna.
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Dani Castro
Oakland, California
Ms. Castro is a heartfelt and passionate transgender community advocate who seeks to create positive change through her work. She’s co-founded multiple trans serving organizations and coalitions including Trans Advocates for Justice and Accountability (TAJAs) Coalition and inspires other to promote a society devoid of transphobia. She is currently Project Director of Community Based Research for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (COE) at the University of California, San Francisco, and an international capacity building assistance provider for various organizations delivering HIV prevention and care, as well as behavioral health services. Her academic writing is published in the Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice, and most recently, Danielle was awarded the USCF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies International Women’s Day Award for all for her work to advance health care for trans people throughout the country and abroad.Danielle began her public work to stop transphobia and AIDS when she was 14 years old. Her efforts were voluntary and provided important resources for many SF Bay Area trans and AIDS services organizations. She co-founded the first trans women of color serving organization in Santa Clara Country in 2002 while attending college and later was Co-Vice Chair of the founding community advisory board of the COE.

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.

Amrita Sarkar
Delhi, India
Amrita Sarkar is associated with trans activism since 2000. Amrita Sarkar is associated with trans activism since 2000. She has been involved in various capacity building initiatives for a long time mainly for transgender and marginalised communities. And is now doing consultancy on Trans related issues with SAATHII (Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India) Delhi Office. She is the Co-chair of IRGT: A Global Network of Trans Women and HIV, who organised first ever Trans Pre-conference before AIDS 2016. From 2014 to May 2016, she has been a part of the CRG (Community, Rights and Gender Advisory Group), Global Fund. She made two films on trans issues which were appreciated at many seminars and conferences nationally and globally. She is also a trained counselor and took part on in developing various important global guidelines on trans issues (for example TRANSIT). Talking about her hobby, she is a trained singer and was part of the India’s first transgender music album, which is also listed in Limca Books of Records (2016).
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Reubs Walsh
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reubs is a social cognitive neuropsychology PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where they study the role of the social environment on development, especially in adolescent social cognition, and the consequences for mental health. Reubs examines social processes from a cognitive neuroscience perspective to develop strong theoretical frameworks for understanding identity processes in typically developing and autistic individuals. Reubs’ current projects are focused on understanding the role of the social environment in differences in mental health, as mediated by identity, and use sociometric, behavioural and dynamic-systems methodologies alongside self-report to investigate how children’s and adolescents’ negotiation and experiences of socially contextual identity is connected to mental health and wellbeing. Reubs has collaborative relationships working on projects investigating the neuropsychology of political conflict, the neuroendocrinology of adolescent self-other distinction, and diverse topics in transgender mental and physical health (mostly brain-health). Future work will explore the role of short- and long-term social context and sex- and stress-related hormones in (un/) healthy neurodevelopment and ageing.
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Noah Adams
Toronto, Canada
Noah is a researcher, activist, and PhD student based in Toronto, Ontario. 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.

* Please note that not all Core Organizational Team members are represented on this page due to personal preference and/or safety considerations.

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