enGender Board of Trustees
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Alison Pennington, J.D. – Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Alison holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Program of the Asian Law Caucus, was a Partner, Arya & Pennington, Full-service immigration law firm. She was also a Staff Attorney, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was the Executive Director, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. She is the Founder, Bay Area Playgroup of gender creative children, 2014. She is also a blogger for Huffington Post on Immigration Issues.
Kathryn Lee, Trustee of the Board
Kathryn Lee, Director of RULER for Families at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, works to build skills that strengthen relationships and bolster emotional resilience at home and in the community. RULER is an evidence-based approach to teaching emotional intelligence; the program is currently delivered in over 1,000 schools nationally and internationally.
Kathryn believes that self-awareness, empathy, perspective taking, and the ability to manage intense, unpleasant emotions helps set children up to make better decisions, have better relationships, and be more successful in life. Her work with adult caregivers ensures that social and emotional awareness begins at home.
A mindfulness practitioner since the early 80's, Kathryn also coaches school administrators in "emotionally intelligent leadership" and is a founding member of the Contentment Foundation. She received her BA in Human Development (University of the Pacific) and her Masters in Child Development (Mills College). Her 26-year-old son is a successful musician, artist and educator.
Prior to joining the staff at Yale, Kathryn acted as Director of Innovation, Partnerships, and Service at Prospect Sierra School in California where she led the design of a fully integrated K-8 civic engagement and environmental stewardship program. During her 17 years at Prospect Sierra she co-curated their "Compassion in Education" TEDx event and taught kindergarten.
Honored to support and celebrate the EnGender community by sharing the RULER skills of emotional intelligence as a core building block of the program, Kathryn hopes to widen our circles of concern, and dreams of a world where all humans flourish.
Elissa Moriarty, Trustee of the Board
Elissa Moriarty is an experienced educator with over ten years of teaching experience. She has a deep passion for diversity and is committed to developing children’s capacity for self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and empathy for others. She is curious about the ways in which we are all different and seeks to understand others’ experiences. She brought this to her teaching by celebrating each child’s uniqueness and facilitating conversations that allowed her students to better understand each other.
Elissa’s work has always gone beyond the classroom, supporting other teachers in their own professional growth. As a leader at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, CA for ten years, she was a member of the 21st Century Skills Team, served as the elementary division Diversity and Inclusion Teacher Leader, and was a RULER Trainer for her colleagues. Elissa is currently an instructional coach for beginning teachers and a trainer for TOOLBOX, an award winning social emotional learning program.
Elissa received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College and completed her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute. She loves spending time in the wilderness and is often adventuring in the mountains with her family. Elissa lives in Oakland with her husband, Brendan, and their two young children.
Mrinalini Rao, Trustee of the Board
Mrinalini is a researcher at Facebook where she leads projects related to gender and safety issues. Previously she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she conducted research and developed interventions to integrate social and emotional skills training in online spaces, particularly around experiences of cyberbullying and online harassment among adolescents.
Mrinalini holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland.
Mrinalini has published extensively on gender and peer relations in the United States and India, and her work has garnered numerous research awards for her approach to peer victimization, resilience, gender and cyber bullying.
Mrinalini has published extensively on gender and peer related issues, and her work has garnered numerous research awards for her approach to peer victimization, resilience, gender and cyber bullying.
Travis Allison, Trustee of the Board
Travis Allison has become one of the top "go to" international experts and consultants in the summer camp and recreation industries. He is one of the most popular camp speakers at coast to coast conferences in the US and Canada.
He is one of the co-founders of GoCamp.Pro, produces and manages the highly popular CampHacker.TV podcasts and founded the Summer Camp Professionals group on Facebook. His particular expertise is in innovative strategies to use social media and other online marketing tools for camper recruitment and retention.
Jade Juhl, Treasurer and Trustee of the Board
Jade is a nonprofit professional specializing in grant writing, donor cultivation, and process innovation. With an abiding interest in sustainability, over the past decade Jade has been a staunch advocate for environmental stewardship, working to promote renewable energy while employed at the San Francisco Department of Environment, serving as a strategist and grant maker for clean energy and climate policy at the Energy Foundation, and currently as a grant fundraiser at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Jade is an outspoken activist for gender justice and transgender rights and has volunteered her energy and skills to several Bay Area organizations in recent years in pursuit of her ideals. Prior to joining the enGender Board in 2017, Jade served on the Development Committee at the Transgender Law Center, wrote grants for Trans Lifeline, SF Trans March, and TAJA’s Coalition, and helped organize the 2016 SF Trans March. Connecting her passion for helping others and her love for art, crafting, and children, Jade also ran a weekly art group for Drawbridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children for a time, and helped out in the Art Room at Gender Spectrum’s annual conference in 2015.
Jade is also a rapacious reader of books, an avid hiker, outdoor enthusiast, amateur nature photographer, aspiring ukulele player, and DJ, who loves to play music that moves people—heart, body, and soul.
Danielle Gladd, Trustee, 2015-2017.
Danielle was a fierce champion of enGender during her tenure. She came to enGender with more than twenty-five years experience in the non-profit management arena. She was a proud parent, loving daughter, doting sister and loyal friend to others within her community.
Wendy Horng Brawer, Chair, 2014-2018.
Vivienne L’Ecuyer Ming, Trustee, 2015-2018.
Shannon Dubach, Treasurer, 2014-2016.
Kenyatta Monroe Sinkler, Trustee, 2014-2016.
Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, Advisory Trustee of the Board
Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of thirteen books. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders (Broadway/Doubleday/Random House) was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights. Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation; she has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel. She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. Her latest project is the memoir, Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders, published by Random House.
Jenny is the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Before coming to Barnard, she was Professor of English for twenty-five years at Colby College in Maine. As an advocate for transgender equality she has given addresses at the National Press Club, been the keynote or plenary speaker at gender conventions nationwide, and spoken on hundreds of college campuses including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Barnard, Wesleyan, Amherst, Duke and Dartmouth. In addition to serving as the co-chair of GLAAD’s board of directors, she also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.
She lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie, and her two sons, Zach and Sean.
Becki Cohn-Vargas, Advisory Trustee of the Board
Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas is the Director of Not In Our School (NIOS). She has spoken on the subject of how to combat bullying at conferences,schools, and universities across the United States. Becki’s newbook,“Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn,” co-authored with Dr. Dorothy Steele was published by Corwin Press. Prior to working at The Working Group, she spent over 35 years in public education in California. She was a preschool director in Healdsburg, teacher and principal in the Oakland Unified School District, Elementary Curriculum Director for the Palo Alto Unified School District and Superintendent of the Luther Burbank School District. While serving in Palo Alto in 2003, Becki initiated Not In Our School: Palo Alto, one of the first NIOS initiatives featured on KQED public television.
Yohance Edwards, Advisory Trustee of the Board
Yohance Edwards is the Deputy Title IX Officer,Associate Director of the Office for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment, UC Berkeley.
Yohance was formerly Civil Rights Attorney in the San Francisco office of the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). At OCR, he enforces federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Immediately before joining OCR, Yohance was a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where he specialized in criminal and habeas corpus appeals. The staff attorney position was Yohance’s second stint at the Ninth Circuit. Previously, he clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown upon graduation from law school. Yohance also has extensive civil litigation experience having spent over six years as a litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he represented individual and corporate clients in federal and state court cases as well as in government and internal corporate investigations.
Yohance was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar at New York University School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude in 2003. While he was a law student, Yohance and his wife co-authored an article on education finance reform litigation, Unequal Treatment in State Supreme Courts: Minority and City Schools in Education Finance Reform Litigation, 79 N.Y.U.L. Rev. 326 (2004). In 1996, he received his undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from Brown University, where he was a Minority Peer Counselor and a varsity soccer player.
Yohance is also a board member of the Berkeley Law Foundation, and the American Constitution Society Bay Area Lawyer Chapter.
Jazz Jennings, Advisory Trustee of the Board
Jazz Jennings was assigned male at birth, but before she was two years old she was expressing herself as a girl. Her family accepted and supported her in her social transition when she was five. When she was six, Jazz appeared on 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Now 16, she has been featured on a variety of major programs and news outlets, including a 20/20 update with Barbara Walters when she was 11, Katie Couric, Dr. Drew, 60 Minutes, the Rosie Show, an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary, “I am Jazz: A family in Transition” and many others. Jazz speaks at colleges, conferences,symposiums, and medical schools all over the country. She’s been recognized at the GLAAD Media Awards, is the youngest recipient of the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award, the youngest person selected to be in The Advocate Magazine’s, “Top 40 Under 40” list, Out Magazine’s OUT 100 list and the 2014 Trans 100 list. Jazz is the recipient of LogoTV’s 2014 youth Trailblazer Award. She is listed on TIME Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Teens for 2014. Jazz is also the youngest recipient of the 2014 Equality Florida’s, “Voice for Equality” Award. Jazz is also a youth ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign. For two and one-half years Jazz was banned from girls’ soccer, and fought this discrimination. As a result, the USSF created a trans-inclusive policy nationwide. Jazz is the co-author of the book, “I am Jazz.” which was released this year. She is the honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which assists transgender youth. Jazz is also the founder of Purple Rainbow Tails where she creates her own mermaid tails and donates proceeds to help transgender youth.
Rachel Pepper, Advisory Trustee of the Board
Rachel Pepper is a therapist specializing in gender identity development, serious mental illness, and family systems work. Rachel has extensive therapeutic experience with transgender youth and adults, having run groups for trans youth and adults at agencies such as San Francisco’s Dimensions Youth Clinic and UCSF’s Alliance for Health. Currently, she works professionally with young people recovering from psychiatric disorders and with foster youth in supervised clinical settings. She also has experience in the field of eating disorders and is keenly aware of the intersection between body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria. Rachel is the co-author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals (with Stephanie Brill) and is the editor of the award-winning Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, both published by Cleis Press.
Kellen Grayson, Advisory Trustee of the Board
Kellen R. Grayson LMFT Psy.D. is a Doctor of Psychology and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT. He has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2003 working with youth and adults. He is a dedicated practitioner serving multicultural populations with trauma related disorders. His scholarly work includes work with social justice, psychoanalytic modalities, and developmental processes. He also works with Alameda County Foster Care Youth providing therapeutic services and has his own private practice at www.graysonpsychservices.com