Tre’Andre Valentine is an indigenous Carib Indian, South Asian, and Black immigrant 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. Tre’Andre currently serves on the board of Trans Resistance and Y2Y Network.
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.
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 is 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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