MTPC is run by an executive director who reports to the steering committee and manages (and conducts much of) the organization’s daily work. The director supervises staff, interns, and community volunteers.
Executive Director: Mason Dunn (he/him/his)
Mason comes to MTPC from New Hampshire, where he was on the steering committee for Transgender New Hampshire and an organizer with the New Hampshire Coalition for Transgender Equality. An educator and activist, Mason is also an adjunct faculty member in the communications department at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, where he specializes in LGBTQ images and perspectives. In 2010 Mason organized the first-ever TransForm New Hampshire conference, a three-day event that brought medical, social service, and legal professionals together with members of the transgender community from across the country.
Mason graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law as a member of the Daniel Webster Honors Scholar program in 2012 and holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Western Oregon University. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association. When Mason is not working for social justice, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and backpacking, kayaking, and pursing his more geeky interests.
You can reach Mason at MasonDunn@masstpc.org
Community Outreach and Policy Intern: Alexis Edwards (she/her/hers)
When not working on the campaign for public accommodations protections, Alexis manages MTPC’s ID Project, which partners trans community members with trained volunteers for assistance during the name and gender marker change process. In her free time, she pets an infinite number of cats.
You can reach Alexis at Alexis@masstpc.org
Public Education Intern: Oliver Pover (he/him/his)
Oliver maintains a network of contacts and volunteers across the state and manages the majority of MTPC’s social media presence. Most of his time in the office is devoted to taking on myriad random tasks that desperately need doing, and he’s currently working on updating MTPC’s website! Outside the office, he enjoys reading fantasy novels (The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner being his longstanding favorite) and eating Squishy Fishies from Whole Foods.
You can reach Oliver at Oliver@freedommassachusetts.org
Summer Intern: Dan English (they/them/theirs)
Following their coming out in their freshman year of high school, Dan English began working with the Safe Schools Program, headed by Jeff Perrotti, doing trainings for schools and faculty on transgender issues in the context of middle schools and high
schools. Through their work with the Safe Schools Program, Dan found the GSA Leadership Council, the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, and Maebright and they are currently a staff member with the GSA Leadership Council, on the Government Relations and Safe Schools committees of the Commission, and a speaker with Maebright, doing trainings with therapists and other groups on best practices with transgender clients.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, Dan English will be a Sociology major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and hopes to, after finishing their undergraduate degree, obtain a Masters of Social Work and continue the kind of work they currently do. In their free time, they enjoy reading, watching and discussing various movies and TV Shows, and knitting.
You can reach Dan at Dan@masstpc.org
Communications: Mel Goldsipe (she/her/hers)
Mel thinks it’s important for her queer community to work hard to keep the T in LGBTQ+. After reading about the fantastic success with the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, Mel joined MTPC to be a part of the campaign for public accommodations protections. She holds a BS in Psychology, a certificate in Professional Communication, and graduate work in Gender/Cultural Studies. She credits the Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart, about the beginning of the U.S. AIDS crisis, for rekindling her passion for activism, which led her to join MTPC and the Arlington Human Rights Commission.
You can reach Mel at Mel@masstpc.org