Our Team

Carmel Tre’Andre Valentine (he/they)
Executive Director Tre'Andre Valentine
Executive Director

Carmel Tre’Andre Valentine is an immigrant of mixed ancestry from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. They have over 10 years of experience in the anti-violence movement and DEI work specializing in LGBTQ+ inclusion through an anti-oppression framework. Carmel serves on the board of Trans Resistance and the Y2Y Network. He is also a member of the Mental Health and Medical Advisory Group for Gender Spectrum.

2021-2023 Boston Neighborhood Fellow

2021 The History Project Lavender Rhino Award 

Kelsey Grunstra (she/her)
Communications + Fundraising Manager

Kelsey Grunstra is a white trans lesbian who is originally from upstate New York and now hails from Providence, RI where she lives with her wife Jess and their two cats. Before moving to Providence in 2019, Kelsey lived in Somerville, MA and from 2018-2019 she worked as MTPC’s Operations Coordinator. More recently she has worked as a freelance LGBTQ Digital Communications + Strategy Consultant and in RISD’s advancement office as a Campaign Project Coordinator. She has extensive experience in development communications, event planning, visual identity and branding, and web management, analytics, and accessibility.

MG Xiong (they/them)
Programs Manager

MG Xiong is a Hmong trans non-binary Bostonian who was born and raised in Alaska. They have organized in community-oriented engagement on trans and queer rights, gun violence in underserved neighborhoods, and anti-racist education. MG has served youth and adults alike, building community between generations, cultures, and identities. They are a recent graduate from UMass Boston who spent their undergraduate education researching best practices for fostering belonging for gender non-conforming individuals in spaces of learning. Outside of work and service, MG enjoys cycling around the Charles River and parenting their kitten, Atlas.

Casey Pons (they/them)
Steering Committee Chair

Casey Pons is a 24 year Boston resident, originally from the foothills of North Carolina and uses they/them pronouns. Casey has 20 years of human services and social work experience with a variety of populations and spanning generations from birth to 107 so far. Over the past decade Casey’s work has been community focused, initially doing in home family therapy and more recently mental health crisis counseling in the community and in an emergency room setting as a social worker. Casey believes that leadership and social justice involves challenging and changing narratives based on and centered from community needs and requests.  Casey has been a Steering Committee member for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition for 3 years.


Grace Sterling Stowell (she/they)
Steering Committee Treasurer

As someone who has been involved with MTPC since the end of its first year in 2002, and with transgender activism since the early 1980’s, I truly believe in MTPC’s mission, values and accomplishments in advocating on behalf of our community.

In addition, as Executive Director of BAGLY (MTPC’s fiscal sponsor), I believe that one of the best ways that I can support MTPC at this time is by serving as Treasurer on the MTPC Steering Committee, mentor to the MTPC Director, and liaison to BAGLY’s Board of Directors. It has been my great pleasure to have been able to serve on the MTPC Steering committee over the past few years, and I look forward to working together with all of you as we move forward.

Lee West (he/him)
Steering Committee Clerk Lee West
Steering Committee Clerk

Lee West is a white man of trans experience who serves as the Clerk for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Lee comes from a background of political and community organizing in Michigan and is currently the Senior Consultant for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Lee lives in Boston with his partner and two cats.

Michelle Tat (she/her)
Steering Committee Clerk Michelle Tat
Steering Committee Member

By day, I am a healthcare data scientist, with a specific focus on healthcare products. At night, I am a grassroots activists advocating for queer and trans folks, and people of color.

Kaden Mohamed (he/him)
Steering Committee Member

Originally from NYC, Kaden Mohamed moved to the Boston area in 2010 to attend Wellesley College. There he studied women’s and gender studies and education studies, and was able to explore his interests in social justice and anti-oppression work. This exploration helped him understand and become comfortable with his own gender identity as part of the trans community.

Kaden works full-time at Positively Partners, a social enterprise committed to helping organizations achieve exceptional performance from their employees, and has previously served as the Chair for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Steering Committee. He has participated in numerous panels, has been interviewed about trans issues and trans rights by the New York Times, WBUR, the Rainbow Times, The Boston Sunday Review, and TBF News, and was featured in Spirit magazine’s 2017 Young Trailblazers list for activists under 30.