The Board of directors
Zsea Bowmani (@LiberationGreen) is a civil rights attorney and legal scholar with a focus on race, gender, reproductive justice, human and animal rights, environmental justice, and the law. Zsea recently served as the Tawani Transgender Rights Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Illinois. His work there included impact litigation and policy work in employment discrimination, policing, prisons, youth and schools, and healthcare access for transgender and gender nonconforming people in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. Zsea also worked in support of transgender employees in the U.S. District Court case Boyden v. State of Wisconsin.
Prior to working at the ACLU, Zsea was the first If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force in Washington, D.C., where he helped develop the organization’s intersectional Reproductive Justice and LGBTQ work across state, federal, and training program areas. He also reviewed the Task Force’s joint amicus briefs, drafted talking points, and developed social media and educational materials for U.S. Supreme Court cases Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt and Zubik v. Burwell. As a Fellow, Zsea authored the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Reproductive Justice Advocacy Toolkit.
In addition to his legal work, Zsea’s scholarship includes an award-winning paper on the use of racial and sexual stereotypes in U.S. asylum cases of queer individuals fleeing persecution, published in Georgetown’s Journal of Gender and the Law, and the intersection of cisgender and reproductive justice. A native of Los Angeles, Zsea received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. In his free time, Zsea enjoys writing fiction, hiking, biking, fashion, and baking vegan desserts.
Kristen Prata Browde
Kristen Prata Browde is a Family Law attorney based in Westchester County, New York. Kristen is a graduate of Fordham University Law School, where she also served as Writing and Research editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. Kristen holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University (B.A., Government & Philosophy – 1972).
She has written on a variety of legal topics, including First Amendment issues, authoring “Warning: Wearing Eyeglasses May Subject You to Additional Liability and other Foibles of Post-Diana Newsgathering – An Analysis of California’s Civil Code Section 1708.8” 10 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 697 (2000). She has also written on a variety of topics for American Lawyer Media’s publications. (These articles were written under her former name.)
Kristen is a member of the Board of Directors of the LGBT Bar Association of New York, of Equality NY and Princess Janae Place, a startup working to establish housing for homeless transgender adults. She is also a Trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds and a member of the Chappaqua Central School District Financial Advisory Committee. She resigned as Secretary of the Town of New Castle New York Board of Ethics in order to run for office. That campaign ended November 7, 2017, with the incumbent narrowly retaining his position.Kristen lives in Chappaqua, New York with one of her two sons; the other is in school in Europe.
Taylor Brown is the 2017-2019 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow at the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal. Her fellowship is geared towards addressing inequities in law and policy for African-American LGBT people and African-American PLWH.
Taylor received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Taylor was a Carolina Covenant Scholar. At Cardozo, Taylor was a Nathaniel E. Gates Scholar. She served as Vice President of Cardozo OUTLaw and she was involved with the Minority Law Students Alliance and Black Law Students Association. During law school, Taylor worked on death penalty appellate litigation at the Georgia Resource Center, served as a legal intern in the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal’s National Headquarters and was a 2016 Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Alexander Chen is an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Salesforce.org and Baker McKenzie) at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where his project focuses on expanding the rights of transgender youth through litigation and policy advocacy. In 2017, Alexander was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.
Alexander received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was the first openly transgender editor of the Harvard Law Review, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked on trans issues at the Department of Justice, the ACLU LGBT Rights Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, and in the Southern District of California for the Hon. Gonzalo P. Curiel.
Ezra Cukor is a Staff Attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Previously, as a Staff Attorney at the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group, Cukor represented low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers in employment, housing, and name change matters. Cukor has a JD from Harvard Law School and BA from Wesleyan University.
Aisha N. Davis, Esq., is a fellow at Loevy & Loevy and was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland. After attending Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, she went on to Columbia Law School and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies for her JD and LLM, respectively.
As an avid student of intersectionality, Aisha has worked on civil rights issues throughout her legal career, including work with Amnesty International, the Human Rights Foundation, Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, the African American Policy Forum, and Lambda Legal. Since her move to Chicago, Aisha has continued this mission through her work with Affinity Community Services, the Pride Action Tank, and as a board member of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.
Chinyere Ezie (Cheen-Yer-Ray Ay-Zee-Ay) is a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer and social justice activist who specializes in constitutional litigation and anti-discrimination work. In 2016, Chinyere was named one of the country's Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. As a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”) LGBT Rights Project, Chinyere served as lead counsel for Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman who sued Georgia for its refusal to provide transgender inmates medical care or protect them from sexual assault. As a result of Chinyere's sustained advocacy, the U.S Department of Justice affirmed that transgender prisoners have a constitutional right to gender dysphoria treatment and commenced an investigation into the treatment of LGBT prisoners across the state; Georgia revised its policies on transgender healthcare and safety and committed to retraining its staff; and Georgia released Ms. Diamond from custody eight years early and paid out a significant monetary settlement.
Chinyere has considerable expertise with respect to constitutional litigation and federal civil rights advocacy, including in the areas of education and employment. She has advocated against bills and ordinances that would subject LGBT persons to disparate treatment; served as counsel for LGBT persons discriminated against in the workplace, including Tristan Broussard, a Louisiana man whose wrongful termination lawsuit attracted the support of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Jessi Dye, a transgender woman from Alabama who obtained a favorable settlement after being terminated from her nursing home job; and assisted with same-sex marriage litigation.
Chinyere clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton LLP in New York City. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she served as President of Columbia Outlaws and Editor in Chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. In her free time, Chinyere enjoys photography, graphic design, and spending time with her wife and puppy.
Ashe McGovern is Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the LGBTQ Initiatives in the NYC Mayor's Office. Ashe was formerly the Legislative and Policy Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, a legal and policy think tank housed in the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia, Ashe was a Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC, where they engaged in federal policy research and advocacy, with a particular focus on LGBTQ poverty and the criminalization of LGBTQ communities of color. Prior to CAP, Ashe worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group, where they launched the LGBTQ Health and Economic Justice Initiative to provide direct legal services to low-income LGBTQ communities in New York.
Ashe received their B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude, where they were awarded the Philo Sherman Bennett honors thesis prize in Political Science, and their J.D. from Cornell Law School, where they were awarded the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights. While in law school, Ashe worked with several national LGBTQ groups, including Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Ashe's work has been featured in The Nation, Bloomberg Law, NPR, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Salon, The Advocate, and ThinkProgress, among other publications. Ashe is a nonbinary, trans and queer human and uses they/them pronouns.
Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán
Victoria is the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the intersections of issues affecting transgender people with disabilities and mental illness, anti- trans workplace discrimination and gun violence prevention from a social justice lens. She has been in trans advocacy the entirety of her adult life, including advocacy in Puerto Rico and in Maine.
She is the author of “Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees”, a gold-standard best practices guide for employers, and frequently speaks on discrimination issues impacting the trans community. She was named the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s 2016 Ally of the Year Award and has been profiled in NBC News and Latina Magazine, among other outlets. Prior to joining the Task Force, she worked as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center. Victoria holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
Ezra Young is a Civil Rights attorney based in New York City. Ezra’s work centers on trans rights, with a focus on rights of recognition, employment protections, and health care and insurance coverage issues. Ezra has represented trans clients in several ground-breaking Title VII cases, including, Jamal v. Saks (S.D. Tex.), Chavez v. Credit Nation Auto Sales (11th Cir.), EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic (M.D. Fla.), EEOC and Brittany Austin v. Deluxe Financial Services (D. Minn.), United States and Rachel Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University et al. (W.D. Okla.), and Texas et al. v. United States et al. and Rachel Tudor (5th Cir.), and Darin B. v. OPM (EEOC 2017). Ezra also represents transgender patients in insurance appeals cases, including Lauderdale v. Unitedhealthcare (HHS 2016), the first case in which the Medicare Appeals Council ordered a health plan to cover vaginal reconstruction surgery for a transgender woman. Ezra regularly authors amicus briefs in federal appeals courts in support of expansive, transgender inclusive interpretations of federal nondiscrimination laws.
Ezra received his BA in Philosophy from Cornell University and his JD from Columbia Law School. While a law student, Ezra served as Executive Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and the Online & Consulting Editor of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. From 2012 to 2014 Ezra served as a Post Doctoral Scholar at Columbia Law School, focussing on trans rights, critical race theory, and intersectionality; Ezra’s studies were supervised by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. Concurrently, Ezra served as research director of the Columbia Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and legal director of the African American Policy Forum. Ezra previously served as an associate at the Law Firm of Jillian T. Weiss, P.C. and as Director of Impact Litigation at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.