Leadership & Staff

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Kiara St. James

Executive Director

Kiara St. James, has been a community organizer and public speaker for over 20 years. She has been instrumental in changing shelter policies that were discriminatory towards the Trans community, and presented workshops concerning marginalized communities at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria and the United Nations, as well as at other conferences and academic institutions.  For the last 17 years Kiara has also been coordinating meetings with legislators to discuss the importance of passing Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act, a bill that will enrich the lives of all New Yorkers through creating culturally affirming spaces.  Kiara is the Founder and current Executive director of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG inc), A grassroots  501c-3 non-profit  organization, that is Trans-led and intent on creating new opportunities for the Trans community, through various partnerships and innovative initiatives. 

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Amanda Babine

Director of 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. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work & Public Policy from Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Josephine Perez

Peer Advocate  

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.