Leadership & Staff
Kiara St. James
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Kiara St. James has been a community organizer and public speaker for over 20 years. She has been instrumental in changing discriminatory shelter policies that affected the Trans community, and has presented workshops concerning marginalized communities at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria and the United Nations, as well as many other conferences and academic institutions.
Kiara is the Founder and current Executive director of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, she was instrumental in the passage of GENDA in 2019.
Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker
Co-Founder & Policy Liaison
Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker is an Honorably Discharged U.S Army Veteran with three decades of experience as an LGBTQ activist. Despite the threat of discrimination and violence, she has three years of education from the College of Staten Island. Previously, she worked for seven years as a Case Manager in a Transgender transitional housing program. She is a feminist who has fought tirelessly for the rights of women, and continues to fight for the rights of all transgender and cisgender documented and undocumented individuals. She is a member of the Stonewall Democrats, the Black & Latino Coalition, and the GENDA Advocates Coalition with Governor Cuomo’s Staff.
Director of Policy & Programs
Amanda has worked in the nonprofit field in both a direct practice and research capacity. She has evaluated large citywide pilot programs working at Columbia University and the City University of New York (CUNY). Before transitioning into a more quantitative role, she worked at the Center for the Study of Social Policy developing a youth well-being framework while conducting Participatory Action Research (PAR) with marginalized communities throughout New York City. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Evaluate for Change, a nonprofit that provides capacity building around evaluation for nonprofit professionals. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work & Public Policy from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Ivy is a non-binary person of color with a burning passion for social activism. Born and raised in Corona, Queens, they currently study social work as an undergraduate and Long Island University in Brooklyn. Their goals include helping educate their community, creating social support for people of TGNC experience, and promoting events to help the community grow and thrive.
Oscar Noel Fitzpatrick
Oscar is a Theatre maker and trans activist from Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where his primary focus was theatrical design, political performance, and research into new digital media. Oscar is a long serving activist and educator, taking part in campaigning for Gender Recognition through self declaration & the Irish vote for marriage equality. Oscar is focused on creating intersectional accessible education in gender and sexuality. Oscar has previously worked with the Transgender Equality Network Ireland and is passionate about including the stories of trans and GNC people in art and history. After a violent incident Oscar has been campaigning for hate crime legislation in Ireland, to include trans identities as a protected minority within legislation. Oscar is also a passionate activist for the intersex community, and has been campaigning to criminalize medical intervention on intersex infants.
Josephine is a unisex Transgender-female of color, born and raised in Harlem, NYC. She has a big passion on Political Advocacy and has been a crucial advocate for the policy change and planning for Transgender and Unisex identified folks in NYC since 1996. Her goals in doing advocacy work has always been to educate, mobilize, and empower her sisters.
Rebecca has been involved in advancing social equity since she was 14. In this time, she has worked closely with Jewish and Queer communities. She has served on the Steering Committee of Hatch Youth, a Houston Wide LGBT+ Youth group that serves over 300 participants. She also led not only the Gender-Sexuality Alliance at her high school but also helped organize a Houston-wide conference for GSAs. Now, she is majoring in Political Science at The New School and is hoping to take the knowledge she gains and apply it to create concrete solutions for issues of inequality.
Axel Keating is an educator, community organizer, and Student Affairs professional. They have developed and facilitated trainings and workshops on sex characteristics, gender, and sexuality at conferences and academic institutions for over 10 years. They have also provided consultations on national and international reports, research studies, curriculum development, youth program strategies, sex education programs, and sensitivity readings. They are a Board member of interACT, an intersex youth advocacy organization, and are an NYU Pride@Work steering committee member. Axel is currently pursuing a Master’s at NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy. They graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study with a concentration in the history and philosophy of medicine and a minor in American Sign Language.
Meet the New York Transgender Advocacy Group’s (NYTAG) diverse and dedicated Board of Directors. Each member works to ensure NYTAG is meeting its mission to advocate for progressive gender-based policies that benefit Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming/ Non-Binary individuals.
Internship & Volunteer Opportunities
The New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) relies heavily on volunteers and interns to produce programming that will help us advance the lives of TGNC individuals. NYTAG provides a wealth of options to allow you to give back.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we are deeply grateful to those who offer their time to help us achieve our goals. Volunteer opportunities have included (not exhaustive):
Engaging in administrative tasks
Staffing special events
Mentoring our peer advocates
Interns come from an array of disciplines and courses of study. From Social Work to Business, students are offered the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real world setting where their contributions are a vital part of a rapidly growing advocacy organization.
Produce a White Paper on issues the TGNC community faces
Conduct a needs assessment
Supervise a leadership meeting
Facilitate a sensitivity training to service providers