Anis is Ingersoll's first Operations Coordinator! They use their Type A powers only for good. They are queer, non binary, disabled, Filipinx, and magic - and they are grateful to work at a place where they don't have to hide. When not fussing over commas (don't hate them), they can be spotted crying like a Hufflepuff, cheering for you at your show, or dancing somewhere with mild to moderate abandon. They would love to connect with fellow operations wizards - please send them an introductory gif at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coco is Ingersoll's new Communications Coordinator. Their background is in community organizing and graphic design. They love working in and for community and furthering the success of community movements through thoughtful and creative design. In their spare time they can be found eating way too many cookies or cuddling with their pocket pitbull named Bea who insists on being the big spoon. They would love to see your fur babies and/or connect with you about all things communications at coco@ingersollgendercenter.
Health Access Coordinator
Dolly is Ingersoll’s new Healthcare Access Coordinator. She is very excited to help her community navigate their healthcare, and advocate for the access they need to further their lives and lived expression. She is originally from Orlando, Fl, but moved to Seattle with the hopes of living in an environment where she can fully live both as an artist and as a trans woman. She is a performance artist, musician, and the Mother of the House of Candy (an art collective that she shares with her partner “Father Figure”). Send her new music to listen to while she researches your Healthcare questions.
Economic Justice Coordinator
Elle is Ingersoll's new economic justice coordinator. A born and raised Texan, she moved to Washington after graduating the University of North Texas. Although her main principles are hospitality management and music performance (oboist), this is Elle's first time working for a non-profit organization. She couldn't be more ecstatic about being a part of a community that aids and betters its own. Elle possesses a chill and collected personality, well-balanced by hyper spontaneity. She can be found hunting for the next spectacular place to eat, or out supporting nightlife performing arts. If you need support amending your identity documents, navigating employment or housing issues you can contact her at email@example.com.
Resource Guide Coordinator
Grayson Crane is excited to be working with their communities as Ingersoll’s Resource Guide Coordinator. Grayson will be working with trans leaders and allies in three counties outside of King County to build resource guides to support trans communities to better access needed resources. Grayson hails from the East Coast and currently lives in South Pierce County on a small farm. They bring knowledge of management and small-business experience alongside advocacy with incarcerated folks to the plate. Grayson is thrilled to work with other trans folks, and is dedicated to building a world where trans people are thriving and accessing their full creativity and potential. You can reach Grayson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalisto Zenda Nanen
Community Engagement Coordinator
Kalisto affectionately known as Listo (Spanish for ready) by his friends and family, is Ingersoll’s new Community Engagement Coordinator. Born and raised in Chicago, they moved to Memphis, Tennessee with their partner and then to Missoula, Montana in 2012 where he studied Journalism & Anthropology, with a focus on topographic surveys and cultural analysis of grave markers. Raised to be open and unashamed, Listo realized his drive and interest for storytelling, communication and historic preservation at an early age, and uses that in his daily life & work by creating holistic counseling and oratorical pieces. They cannot wait to work within our community to create equitable opportunities and resources. They are gender expansive, afro-indigenous, adopted and adventurous. When not found taking notes or speaking with community members, Listo can be found mountain biking, singing, dancing, gardening or trying to make any and all meals plant-based. If you want to have a playlist created around any theme, get general support or resources or find out more about support groups email them at email@example.com.
After being on the Board of Directors here at Ingersoll, Karter became our first full time staffer in our forty years and executive director in 2017. Karter has over a decade of experience in community organizing, nonprofit management and programming. Originally from Alaska, Karter is a proud graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Pride Foundation Scholar. When not supporting trans and gender nonconforming communities you will most likely find Karter facetiming with their adorable nieces, cooking for friends and family, listening to podcasts, supporting the Sounders with their partner or playing with their adorable pups, Dobby and Hagrid. You can reach Karter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Justice Manager
Leo has been active in serving the transgender community in and around Seattle for the last 5 years; holding different roles within Ingersoll’s leadership along the way. He is thrilled to be back at Ingersoll as the Economic Justice Manager. Leo will be leading the efforts of the economic justice programming that is continuing to expand in order to meet the needs of our community; our programs to support folks in accessing housing, gaining employment, as well as training and technical support for housing providers and employers to name a few. Leo was born and raised here in Seattle, Washington. In his spare time, Leo can be found cooking, working on math problems, and walking around the many parks found around Seattle. You can reach Leo via email at email@example.com.
Healthcare Access Manager
Mattie is Ingersoll Gender Center's Healthcare Access Manager. They can typically be found laughing at inside jokes with their little human, 9 year old Zaiya Rylee and planning their next getaway/world takeover with their partner Nanta. Here at Ingersoll they can be found helping community members find gender affirming care, navigate insurance enrollment and denials, and working with Ingersoll's provider consult group on ways to improve and expand access to gender affirming healthcare for the tgnc community. They are extremely passionate about tgnc healthcare because they believe that marginalization by the healthcare community leads to poor health outcomes and increased health disparities for the tgnc community. If you are looking for help in accessing healthcare, finding a provider, questions about how you or your workplace can learn about how to effectively provide gender affirming care or any general healthcare questions Mattie would love to speak with you at Mattie@ingersollgendercenter.org.
Our Board of Directors
Brandon currently is Director of Policy and Advocacy for a Tacoma-based non-profit which supports people experiencing homelessness and economic disadvantage through integrated services of healthcare, housing, education and employment, and by addressing the social determinants of poverty. Brandon has a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and has practiced labor and employment law since 1992.
Having grown up in Hawaii, Brandon idolizes the big yellow ball of warmth that coyly visits the Pacific Northwest in the summer months. During those times, you can find him happy on the softball fields or at the park with his two pups.
Heather Villanueva has over 10 years of experience in multi-ethnic coalition building and community organizing. She began her career at the Minority Executive Directors Coalition as the Business Manager. She was then hired at SEIU 775 as an organizer where she gained a breadth of experience in grassroots and grasstops coalition building, legislative advocacy, civic engagement, organizational development, and language access work. Among her accomplishments are establishing the four-time award-winning Racial Equity Team and serving on several boards and commissions including the King County Civil Rights Commission, Ingersoll Gender Center, The City of Seattle Immigrant Voting Task force, and the International Examiner.
Lady Anderson is committed to uplifting Black/Brown/queer/trans communities, has been blessed with the opportunity to provide direct service, training, and technical assistance as a legal, youth, medical, sexual assault/domestic violence, and trans-rights advocate for 12 years across the country. Currently, Anderson is the Director of Programs at Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center. She is also an acclaimed public speaker (TEDx – Voice and Vision: Healing the Scars of My Political Body), performance artist, dancer, organizational consultant, and private event planner. In the last two years, she has been humbled and thankful for her role in facilitating impactful, structural growth as a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at Ingersoll Gender Center -- the longest running trans advocacy network in the United States.
Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities for over 41 years, as a founding member of Equality Washington, and on boards of Pride Foundation, Safe Schools, Lambert House, Seattle Counseling Service and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. A founding member of Equal Rights Washington, a past co-chair of Seattle’s LBGT Commission, Marsha served as co-chair of The National LGBTQ Task Force in 2005-6, 2009-10, and as Chair of the Action Fund in 2015. She is a founding member of Out In Front Leadership Project, founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and served as a national co-chair of the 2008 Obama Pride Campaign.
Marsha received the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee of Equality Across America, and in 2011 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award and the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award. In 2013 she was selected for the Inaugural U.S. Edition of the Trans 100 List, and in 2014 she received the Gay City Health Community Leadership Award. In 2015 Marsha was elected to the Martin Luther King County Labor Council. Also in 2015 she received the Distinguished Scholar Award from Antioch University in Seattle and the Backbone Award from the National Secular Students Alliance. In 2016 Marsha received the William O. Douglass Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.
Jessica brings over five years of experience in development and operations at progressive political non-profits to her role as Board Treasurer at Ingersoll. She currently works as Operations Manager at Progress Alliance of Washington, supporting the organization to build a permanent and powerful social change movement in Washington state. She has a passion for organizational development and is excited to bring that lens to supporting trans and gender nonconforming communities with Ingersoll. In her free time, Jessica loves seeing local music, drawing, and exploring the outdoors.
Sonny is a California born Seattlite, but not that kind. They've been a community organizer since they were 15, starting out in youth civic engagement. After ten years of working in the field, they found their heart and home in Seattle's Chinatown International District. They're lucky enough to have their dream job as the CID's Public Safety Coordinator, working with neighborhood stakeholders to build a better, safer neighborhood. They continue cultivating their love for youth empowerment and community service by serving as a mentor for young people with the Service Board, as Organizing Director of API Food Fight Club, and here at Ingersoll Gender Center.
As a longtime resident of Seattle, Jodi O'Brien has been an enthusiastic supporter of Ingersoll for more than two decades and is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors She is also a professor of Sociology at Seattle University where she teaches courses in Transgender Studies, Discrimination and Inequality, and Religion and Sexuality with an emphasis on the social psychology of difference and discrimination. Her commitment is to helping people understand and undo "permissible prejudices" and systems of oppression. She provides workshops to schools, medical and mental health providers, and churches on on transgender and GNC support, health, and liberation and is eager to be able to engage in this work with Ingersoll.
Our Advisory Committee Members, Fellows, & Interns - More coming soon!
Jon is excited to be serving as Ingersoll’s MSW Intern for the 2019-2020 school year. They are currently in the final year of their Master of Social Work program at the University of Washington, where their concentration is in multigenerational practice. Prior to that, Jon spent a decade working in policy, progressive politics, and advocacy—including multiple roles advocating for and with trans and queer folks in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. They are passionate about advancing social and economic justice and disrupting oppression at the interpersonal, organizational, and community level. In their spare time, you’ll find Jon exploring Seattle with friends, walking in nature, having one-way conversations with their cat Diablo, and locked in a never-ending war of Trivial Pursuit with their husband Michael. You can reach them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.