Achim Jeremiah Howard, born and raised in Washington, DC, is all about paving the way for others. He is the founder of DC TransMen Rising and the first trans minister at the Bethel Christian Church of Washington, DC. Achim is a member of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., and sits on the board of directors at Whitman Walker Health in DC. In addition to his activism and advocacy, Achim has fought in the workplace for cultural competency trainings and is the first trans person to be a member of Union Local 891 Cement Masons in DC.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Arianna Lint is a “refugee” Latina Transgender Woman who just started her own organization, Translatina Florida Chapter. Previously, she served as the Director of Transgender Advocacy at SunServe, a South Florida not-for-profit social service and mental health agency serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Community. At SunServe, she connected transgender residents with employment opportunities, safe housing, social networks and medical services. She has served on the board for Translatin@ Coalition, is a speaker for Bristol-Myers Squibb and SAVE, is Chair of the Community Empowerment Committee of the HIV Broward planning council (a part of Transaction Florida group of Equal Florida), and has also recently become a Member of the Trans (T+) National Advisory Board. Arianna is originally from Peru, where she lived through her graduation from Law School at San martin de Porres University.
Bré Anne Campbell is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit (TSOCP). Founded in 2015, TSOCP’s mission is “to uplift, impact and influence the lives and welfare of transgender women of color in Detroit.” In 2012 she was recognized as one of twelve LGBT leaders of color by Model D Media and Between the Lines Magazine. Later that year, Bré became the first trans woman of color to sit on the board of an LGBT people of color organization in Michigan. She has ten years of HIV testing and counseling experience with the Horizons Project, a youth specific HIV testing and care program in collaboration with Wayne State University School of Medicine and Detroit Medical Center. She also a published researcher and has worked closely on several research studies at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (SexLab) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In the summer of 2016, Bré was featured in Empowered: Trans Women & HIV, a new video series about love, life, and HIV among trans women. Bré also serves on the board of PWN-USA and as an ambassador for Greater Than AIDS. She also serves as an Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary exploring the narratives of TWOC in Detroit.
Dee Dee Chamblee is the founder and executive director of LaGender, Inc. and the co-director of SNaPCo (Solutions Not Punishment Coalition) based in Atlanta, Ga. Chamblee has over 25 years of grassroots organizing experience and has helped transform the Atlanta through her work in raising trans awareness. She has also built an expertise on the issues of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental health, mass incarceration and police profiling. Chamblee was also the first trans woman inducted into the 20/20 Leading Ladies Society, an award given to women who have been living with HIV/AIDS openly and advocating for more than 20 years. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the “Champion of Change” honor and she continues to make change happen where ever she travels or speaks. Recently, Chamblee helped develop standards of procedures and training for the Atlanta Police Department specifically around interacting with trans and gender nonconforming people. Because of her own personal experiences with survival sex work, police profiling and encounters with law enforcement, she has made Atlanta safer for the trans community.
Diana Feliz Oliva has worked in the field of social services and public health for over 20 years. Her work began in 1994 with the County of Fresno – Department of Social Services to her new helm as the Transgender Health Program Manager at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in 2015. In addition, Ms. Oliva has more than 10 years of experience in working with the transgender population, which include, HIV positive individuals, sex workers, mentally ill, substance users, homeless individuals, incarcerated adults, youth, elderly, people of color and undocumented individuals. A graduate of Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2005, her particular interest has been advancing the development of public policy that addresses community-level health and social problems. Turning her daunting personal challenges and barriers into the very basis of her activism, Ms. Oliva has become an effective social advocate and role model. Her work is shown giving voice and visibility to not only the Transgender community, but also to the multiple, overlapping communities her life has touched.
New Orleans, LA
From having immigrated to the United States as a child; coming out in high school; being diagnosed with HIV a week before her 21st birthday to finally making the decision to risk everything and transition to her true self, Jada Cardona has used adversity to hone the skills she needed to become a leader in the Transgender and Latinx communities. She has worked with the Louisiana Department of Health – STD/HIV Program for almost three years and is the first openly transgender person hired full time by the State of Louisiana. Jada is the founder of Transitions, Inc., sponsored by Trans United Fund, which focuses on the unique issues facing the Queer Latinx population in New Orleans, LA. Jada has tirelessly fought for recognition and rights for transgender people and has represented and championed her community nationally as well as locally. Jada is led by her passion and believes that all people, including transgender and gender non-conforming individuals deserve to lead honored and dignified lives free from stigma and judgement.
Kiara St. James is the Executive Director of New York Transgender Advocacy Group, a trans-led social justice non-profit organization that addresses policies that affect the TGNC community through initiatives such as trainings, speakouts/town halls, and TGNC mental health workshops.
Liaam Winslet is a Transfeminist Translatina activist. Having started her activism very young, as a teenager, she loves to empower trans communities around HIV education. Her passion is to bring awareness to, create, and promote positive and affirming messaging in order to advance transgender/GNC equality. She works as a consultant at Community Healthcare Network’s Transgender Family Program and other organizations in New York City. She is also a photographer and enjoys documenting the lives of her peers. Liaam is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She started very young in the Trans activism it, from teenagers to currently maintains an active struggle.
New Orleans, LA
As a founding member of BreakOUT!, Milan has been an integral part of BreakOUT!’s campaign development and base-building from its inception. She completed a paid internship withBreakOUT! in 2011, then completed a job training program at BreakOUT! with the city’s workforce development program, Job1, in 2013, before coming on as a full-time staff Youth Organizer at BreakOUT! shortly thereafter. She has interviewed with PBS’s “In The Life” program, presented on LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care with the American Bar Association’s “Opening Doors” Project, and met with the Department of Justice multiple times about community experiences inside Orleans Parish Prison and with the New Orleans Police Department. Milan represents BreakOUT! in the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition in New Orleans and has spoken on behalf of the organization at press conferences, including with Women With a Vision and the Center for Constitutional Rights about Crimes Against Nature litigation and Human Rights Watch about discriminatory policing practices in New Orleans and the links to high rates of HIV transmission. Milan received the NOLA Unity Award for her work in the New Orleans LGBTQ community in 2013 and performs in BreakOUT!’s theatrical performance, “Say My Name, Say My Name” with the nationally acclaimed theater company from New York, Ping Chong + Company. She graduated from the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program. In 2015 Milan Launched BreakOUT!s #BlackTransLivesMatter media campaign and received the 2015 Rising Star Award presented to her by EQLA Quality Louisiana.
Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA leads all Transgender-related programming and services at The Hetrick-Martin Institute through providing the youth with transferrable skills needed to navigate the systems which are in place to assist them while teaching them to find their voices to advocate for themselves, educating allies on what it means to be an ally, and leading through exemplary leadership skills on living one’s authentic life unapologetically. She graduated from the Audre Lorde Project Trans Justice School, was The Keynote Speaker at the 2Nd Annual Buffalo Trans Health Conference, Panelist at NYU’s Living Out Loud Series for World AIDS Day, Commencement Speaker at HMI’s HSE Graduation, Panelist at Columbia University on Gender & Sexuality, Facilitated workshops at the 1st & 2nd Annual Newark LGBTQ Youth Summit, Co-Facilitator of JOG (Just One of the Girls) Intervention, Published an article in The Root entitled “I’M BLACK, I’M TRANS, I’M HIV-POSITIVE AND I’M OK”, completed the Cover for the March edition of POZ Magazine & becoming the foster mother of a 18-month-old named Ethan whom she hopes to adopt. Octavia holds an Associate in General Studies from Atlanta Metropolitan College, a Bachelors in Business Administration/Marketing from Georgia Gwinnett College, a Masters in Public Administration/Health Services Management, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Health/Advocacy & Leadership at Capella University.
Ruby was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was 16 years old. Now 43 years old, she has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 27 years where She has devoted the last 20 years as an advocate for the inclusion of Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non Conforming Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual people in main stream society. She is a self made tireless advocate and leader for social justice, her hard work has help gain legal protections in Washington, DC. She has fought for LGBT Human Rights, Transgender Liberation, Immigration Equality, Access to Health Care, Hate Crimes/violence and many other disparities and issues facing the communities that she represents. Ruby’s work has been featured by News Week Magazine 2003, Washington Post, 2003-2014, The Washington Blade, 2003-2014, Metro Weekly Magazine 2007-2014, Washington City Paper 2010/13, Washington Times, 2012, The advocate Magazine 2012, NBC Latino, 2013 and by News Channel 4, 5, 7, 9, Univision DC, CBS Radio, Pacifica Radio, National Public Radio among other media channels.
Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works in wood and steel. He is affiliated with Off the Mat, Into the World and the organization Phallacies. When this blue collar, queer-identified trans man living with AIDS isn’t helping spiritual spaces be more welcoming and inclusive of queer and transgender people or helping queer and trans folks find authentic spiritual paths, he can be found teaching martial arts, yoga, and woodworking to children or blogging at www.rootsgrowthetree.com
Little Rock, AR
Tiommi J. Luckett is an African-American Trans*woman, born and raised in Helena, Arkansas. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Luckett has called Little Rock her home for the past nine years. She currently volunteers at the Health for Life Clinic in Little Rock, where Dr. Terry Jefferson provides quality care that caters to the transgender population and a caring environment where they are free to be themselves without fear of judgment.
Luckett, besides being an advocate for LGBTQQI equality, also advocates for those living with HIV and AIDS. She attended the 53rd annual Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS meeting and participated in a five-speaker panel discussing Medicaid expansion and the private option. Since then, Luckett became the Arkansas State Coordinator for AIDSWatch 2014 in Washington, D.C., which took place on April 28-29. Her role as state coordinator consisted of ensuring registered Arkansas participants will meet with their senators and representatives during AIDSWatch to discuss policies and concerns addressing HIV/AIDS, affordable healthcare, housing, HIV criminalization laws and budget appropriations. Luckett is also a person living with HIV. Luckett’s most recent accomplishment is to be on the board of the US PLHIV Caucus Steering Committee.
Former Positively Trans National Advisory Board Members
- Channing-Celeste Wayne
- Tela Love