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Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, we help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.
Who We Are
(click on the videos to watch our staff answer the question, “What’s one thing about gender you would not want to pass on?”)
Senior Director, Professional Development
I facilitate trainings, conduct workshops, develop curriculum, consult with parents/professionals, and provide resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender and young people. I have served in a leadership role as the Director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF-Benioff Children’s Hospital. An aspect of my job that I enjoy the most is working throughout the United States (and beyond), to help institutions think more expansively about the gender diversity of all children and teens, and ways to create more inclusive conditions accordingly.
I’ve worked as an educator focused on issues of social justice and equity for over 30 years. My education career began as a middle school science teacher and school administrator. I have also served as a district administrator in Oakland, California, as well as a school reform coach with the National Equity Project and professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Educational Leadership.
I am happy to work in support of gender inclusive environments for all children as Gender Spectrum’s Communications Director. Previously I worked to end the uses of toxic chemicals that threaten the health of children and adults, and to address the health and environmental risks of genetically engineered foods. Prior to that I served as a volunteer workshop facilitator for a men’s anti-violence and anti-sexual assault nonprofit. I also spent many years as a baker and pastry chef, including working at the United Nations where I made petit fours for Nancy Reagan (she said they were delicious).
Project Coordinator, Online Programming and Community Development
I work primarily with our Teen and Youth programming at Gender Spectrum. This means that I oversee all aspects of our Youth Programs, help plan the youth and high school program for our annual conference, and create more communities of support for teens! I also collaborate with teens (locally and internationally!) who are interested in sharing their story and experiences in order to create more digital resources, content and online community for teens and all others in the Gender Spectrum community.
My primary background is in working with youth and families in both the mental health and community health fields. I have always been very interested in community development work both internationally and locally. Prior to working for Gender Spectrum, I spent many years working at a mental health agency in Oakland where I provided intensive therapeutic and behavioral support to youth and families. I also spent multiple years working in Uganda specifically around HIV/AIDS. I am particularly passionate about social justice and elevating the voices and perspectives of queer and Gender-expansive youth!
As Gender Spectrum’s administrative assistant, one of my main responsibilities is to help coordinate trainings. That means that I get a glimpse of the geographic breadth of the interest in gender inclusion work. We get training requests from all over the country, and even from other countries. Exciting!
I’ve worked for a lot of nonprofits, and have done lots of different things – direct service work in medical and mental health settings, backcountry trail maintenance, work with youth, and grant writing among them. I’ve also done some writing and editing, teaching, and I’ve been a tour guide! (Which sounds fun, but it isn’t.) I’ve worked with many great people and in support of many great causes, but being at Gender Spectrum has, for the first time, given me a chance to contribute to a mission to which I feel personally connected. It makes a big difference.
Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Director
As a member of the Board of Directors, my role is to work with my fellow board members to create a vision for the organization and establish the strategic priorities to help ensure that the organization is able to further its mission to create gender inclusive environments for all children and youth. As Executive Director, my role is to successfully lead and manage the organization consistent with the direction set by the Board of Directors.
I’m thankful to be a part of the Gender Spectrum team and to have such a talented, passionate, and dedicated staff to work with. In addition to my internal management role, I have the great opportunity to speak at conferences and consult with organizations and corporations on the changing understanding of gender and the implications it has for parents and families, social institutions and corporations. In 2016 I co-authored The Transgender Teen with Gender Spectrum’s Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Stephanie Brill.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
I engage partners, funders, policy, and research to support the fundamental mission of Gender Spectrum. I also conduct program development and evaluation, develop written materials, and present at national education conferences. I believe strongly in the power of relationship building and collaboration to bring together diverse organizations committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all children and youth.
My career in nonprofits and education has centered on generating opportunities for educators, students, and parents to work together to create inclusive spaces for all students. Immediately before joining Gender Spectrum, I directed the launching of at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program, created in 2007 to foster LGBT inclusion in elementary schools. I also directed the Safe Schools Program for LGBT Students at the Massachusetts Department of Education and chronicled the lessons learned from that time in the book When the Drama Club is Not Enough which I coauthored with Jeff Perrotti.
Director of Family Services and Administration
As the Director of Family Services and Administration, I provide resources and support to Gender Spectrum families throughout the year. I facilitate the Gender Spectrum support groups for parents, help create online programming for adults raising transgender, Non-binary and other gender-expansive kids, and help organize the yearly conference. I also help with the many administrative duties that keep the organization running on a day-to-day basis.
I have been exploring gender since earning my B.A. in Women’s Studies, with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, at Brown University. After working for two International AIDS Conferences—one in San Francisco in 1990 and one in Italy in 1991–I attended University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where I focused my studies on public interest law. I worked as a legal aid attorney practicing domestic violence family law and housing law, and later represented clients in social security disability cases.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison was an especially influential book for me, as it was one of the first books I read as a young person that spoke to both race and gender. The heart-wrenching story left a deep impression and reinforced my sense of injustice at people being treated differently in this world solely based on factors completely out of their control. It also reflected the profound effect societal norms can have on one’s internal sense of self.