STAFF & BOARD

Staff

Elle Moxley (She/Her) – Founder & Executive Director

Elle Moxley is a renowned Black liberation artist, model, storyteller, director, producer, community organizer, and speaker from Columbus, Ohio. Currently, she is the CEO of Forever Free Productions and the Director of the featured documentary “Black Beauty.” She also serves as the Executive Director and Founder of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute. A freedom fighter, advocating for Black Trans Lives and multicultural women’s stories, she has led campaigns including “Raise The Debate,” #SayHerName National Day of Action, and the first-ever National Day of Action for BLACK Trans Women in 2015. As a thought leader, she has delivered Keynotes at The Movement for BLACK Lives inaugural convening, Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Schomburg Center for Research in BLACK Culture. As a model, she has collaborated with fashion designer Pyer Moss and has been a Billboard feature for H&M in Times Square. As a multi-faceted public figure, she has been recognized within Essence’s Woke 100, The Root 100’s Most Influential African Americans, and Avenue Magazine’s Power List 100. Her work has been featured in TIME, CNN, MTV, The New York Times, and more.

Gaylon

Gaylon Alcaraz (She/Her) – Director of Operations

Gaylon, a champion of human rights, comes from a long history of activism and organizing. Among the many of her social justice accomplishments, she served as a founding board member of Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that advocates for the rights of BLACK lesbian and bisexual women in the Chicago land area. She is also a past board member of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Midwest Access Project. For more than twenty five years, she has worked on behalf of sexual minority women, anti-violence, gender equity, health prevention, reproductive rights, as well as race and culture issues.

Gaylon is currently a PhD candidate in Community Psychology at National Louis University. She has received awards from Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Northwest Suburban NOW, Choice USA, Chicago Foundation for Women and Chicago NOW for her work in the reproductive rights/health and justice field. Gaylon is also highlighted in the Chicago Woman Magazine, July/August 2017 as one of “The Fierce 50” and The Chicago Reader as “The Activist” in the 2014 Chicago Reader “People” edition. In 2013, she was inducted into Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Yanett Ramirez

Yanett Ramirez (She/Her) – Operations Assistant

Yanett Ramirez (she/her/her) is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker. She immigrated with her family to Queens, New York City in the early 00s and has always had a pull toward visual mediums, poetry. She graduated in 2014 from CUNY (The City College) with a BFA in Film and Video Production. Her labor background consists of non-profit, documentary, and film/television. She currently lives in NJ with her partner and plants.

Phantazia ‘Tazer’ Washington (They/Them) – National Strategic Program Coordinator

Phantazia ‘Tazer’ Washington is a non-binary artist, community educator, and organizer. For over a decade, Phantazia has been lobbying, drafting policy, and providing educational workshops, throughout the nation, on disparities facing QTPOC. They have worked with The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to help create murals, installations, and exhibits that generate awareness to issue of racial injustice and housing insecurity. Their work has also been featured on WHYY, NPR, DesignPhiladelphia Festival, The Philadelphia Gay News, and Buzzfeed.

Terrell M. Green (He/Him) – National Strategic Program Coordinator

Terrell M. Green is an artist, advocate, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Terrell has attended: Central High School; Marymount Manhattan College in NYC (B.A in Theatre Performance); The British American Drama Academy at Oxford University’s Magdalen Campus in Oxfordshire, England (Professional Certificate in Shakespeare Performance); and marionette puppetry training in Cork and Dublin, Ireland. Terrell is currently pursuing a Master’s degree of Science in Digital Media Management from the University of Southern California (2023). For the past 10+ years, Terrell has created arts-integrated youth programming in literacy enrichment, social and emotional learning, sexual and reproductive health, and conflict resolution. Terrell believes that art access is one of the many tools to help combat public health issues and strives to use storytelling as a data collection metric. Terrell’s work and advocacy have been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Philly Mag, Philly Gay News, Shoutout LA, The Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY, and Philly’s KYW news radio.

Ren Davis (They/Them) – Resource Researcher

Ren is a Black, queer Detroit native who advocates for the rights and wellbeing of queer and trans folks internationally. They hold two bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Political Science from Michigan State University (2020). While at MSU, the intersections of their identities led them to focus their academic career on discerning the impact of imperialism on policy, culture, and health surrounding LGBTQ East African populations. This passion has carried over to their post-graduate life, where they work to decolonize the spaces around them while completing research, acting as a teaching assistant and tutor, and navigating what identity looks like outside of a colonial framework. Ren is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Tulane University and enjoys meditative practices, traveling, and house music!

Geri Sutter (She/Her) – Human Resource Manager

Geri Sutter is a dynamic Senior Human Resources Professional with a passion for helping organizations and leaders develop high performing teams. She has a track record of building strong business partnerships in a consultative model. Geri has served as a trusted business partner for all levels of leadership to influence change that supports organizational goals and initiatives, and she has comprehensive skills across all facets of the human resources function. Some specific areas of expertise include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Development, Talent Management and Change Management. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree of Business Administration combined with 27 years of human resources experience that fortifies her ability to lead, influence, facilitate, and support human resources initiatives that supports organizational goals and creates a culture in which there is: inclusion, engagement, high performance, business growth through innovation. Her background includes broad industry experience in financial services, retail, state government, field, corporate, multi-state, multi-unit, union, and non-union work environments.

Cristy St. John (She/Her) – Director of Development

Cristy St. John is a mission-driven nonprofit professional, trained Social Worker, Public Health researcher, and photographer who is passionate about supporting underserved communities around the globe and seeks out organizations that provide services to end institutional inequities and social injustices. She’s worked on clinical trial transparency, health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, public school counseling, water and sanitation advocacy, constitutional rights for women, gender and racial equity activism, qualitative public health programs, medical social work research, and is proud to work at the MPJI as the Director of Development. Cristy is a first-generation American born in NYC who has lived, studied, and worked internationally in Asia, Africa, the EU, and the UK.

Advisory Board Chair

J Mase III (He/Him)

J Mase III is a BLACK/trans/queer poet & educator that has worked in the US, UK, and Canada on LGBTQIA+ rights and racial justice in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency. His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, BLACK Girl Dangerous, NPR, Blavity, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post, TEDx and more.

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