Transgender Law Center Hires Deputy Director & Staff Attorney

Transgender Law Center is thrilled to welcome Kris Hayashi, Deputy Director, and Sasha Buchert, Staff Attorney, to our growing team. Kris and Sasha both have extensive experience in LGBT and social justice movements, and we look forward to working together to create a world in which everyone can live free from discrimination based on their gender identity or expression.

Kris Hayashi has been active in social, racial and economic justice organizing for over 20 years. For the last ten years Kris served as the Executive Director/Co-Director of the Audre Lorde Project, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color organizing center based in New York City. Previously he served as a Trainer/Organizer at Western States Center in Portland, Oregon and as Executive Director of Youth United for Community Action – a youth organizing group in California, led by young people of color organizing for social and environmental justice.

Sasha Buchert is joining us from Basic Rights Oregon, the state’s chief LGBT advocacy organization where she was the Communications Manager, and most recently the Transgender Policy Organizer.  She is a member of Basic Rights Oregon’s legal advisory group where she has worked on a wide range of transgender policy issues, and is a member of the Transgender Justice Working Group, a group of community members driving transgender justice forward in the state. She is a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and is the current chair of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and is the first openly transgender person to be appointed to an Oregon State Board. Sasha often presents “Know Your Rights” talks addressing LGBT legal rights and has hosts a community radio program focused on queer culture. She received her J.D. from Willamette University.