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.
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 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.
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.
New York, New York
Nala Toussaint works with women of all identity spectrum and social and economical experience to support their health goals and well-being. She earned her B. F. A. in Fashion Design with cum-laude honors at Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012 where she functioned as a Student Ambassador and tutor. 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.
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.
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.
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