updated 07-29-2015

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

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.

Public Education Manager: Aaron Wolfson aaron@masstpc.org

Aaron joins the MTPC and Freedom Massachusetts team as Public Education IMG_0951Manager. With an extensive background in policy, community relations, and intersectional advocacy, he has been engaged in social justice efforts in his home state of Massachusetts for over eight years. As Public Education Manager, Aaron works to engage and mobilize businesses, faith groups, and other communities across the state in support of the campaign.

No stranger to MTPC, Aaron served as legislative intern in early 2014 and proceeded to join the Policy Committee. ​He ​has also worked with the state’s Democratic Party, Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, and Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY).

Community Outreach Intern: Yeja, yeja@masstpc.org yeja

Yeja hails from Southern California and currently attends school at Dartmouth College double majoring in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology. At Dartmouth, Yeja is Co-Captain of the Women’s Rugby Team, a Student Coordinator at the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, and House Manager for Sigma Delta Local sorority. They represented the Dartmouth queer community as housing chair of IvyQ, an annual pan-Ivy+ student conference and as co-chair of the annual 2015 PRIDE Week committee. They seek to continue engaging in non-profit work after graduation specifically within the queer community. They are very excited to work with MassTPC in supporting Boston’s queer community.

Policy Intern: Andrew andrew@massptc.org