updated 03-29-2014

Staff

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

MasonDunn-colorsmallMason 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.

OFFICE STAFF

Community Organizer and Development Assistant: Jesse Begenyi, jesseb@masstpc.org

jesse photo websiteJesse has been active in MTPC projects since 2009, including organizing the third annual Trans Youth and Parent Summit, coordinating community lobby days, leading trainings and workshops, organizing discussions and fundraising events, and acting as MTPC’s photographer and filmmaker. Jesse is the mastermind behind I AM: Trans People Speak, a video project designed to raise awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities by giving a voice to transgender individuals and their families, friends, and allies. Jesse’s work in making society a just place for all trans folks is part of a passion for ending all forms of oppression.

Jesse holds a BA in Visual & Media Arts with a specialization in Documentary Video Production from Emerson College and is a Master of Social Work candidate at Simmons College. When not advocating for trans equality, working to end LGBT partner abuse and supporting survivors, or writing papers for school, Jesse can be found in a three-cat household knitting and watching movies.

Social Media and Online Communications Manager: Mel Goldsipe, mel@masstpc.org

Mel photoAfter 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 from Tennessee Tech University, a certificate in Professional Communication, and graduate work in Gender/Cultural Studies at Simmons College. She is especially interested in working to create a more just world for our youth.

Prior to joining MTPC, Mel worked in scholarly book publishing for more than a decade as a manuscript editor at the MIT Press. She believes university presses serve a vital function in providing cutting-edge information to students, academic researchers, and leaders in the professional world. Mel spends her spare time reading and attending concerts, plays, and musicals around Boston and New York. 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 MTPC.