Colin Dillon, Name Change Project Intake Assistant

Colin Dillon comes to the TLDEF Name Change Project with a background in housing advocacy and harm reduction. They hold a BA in sociology from NYU and a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College. They have worked extensively with organizations that provide syringe access services and information about safer drug use practices, as well as assistance securing housing and vital social services. Colin is also passionate about supporting queer and trans prisoners. For many years, they have organized letter writing events, call-ins, and legal assistance fund drives for incarcerated LGBTQIA individuals. They are overjoyed to join TLDEF in providing support for trans people and advocating for transgender rights.

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AC Dumlao, Name Change Project Coordinator

AC Dumlao works on the Name Change Project as well as Community Education at TLDEF. AC is a queer trans non-binary first-generation Filipino-American whose focus as an advocate and artist is to affirm and center underrepresented people and their intersectional identities. They were profiled by NBC Asian America in 2017 for the inaugural "Redefine A to Z" list of Asian-American/Pacific Islander emerging voices. AC's writing has been published by The Huffington Post, Autostraddle, and Wear Your Voice Magazine, and they have been quoted in The Root. AC is a captain with Afterwork Theater's "Strike-A-Chord" Core committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Previous to TLDEF, AC worked in digital advertising at the consulting firm M+R with top progressive non-profits including Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC). AC is also the director and co-producer of the award-winning one-person play Post Traumatic Super Delightful (PTSD). 

AC graduated from Vassar College. They are also an alum of The Center's José Esteban Muñoz Mentoring Program, GenSexNYC, The Welcoming Committee, and Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater. AC resides in Brooklyn, NY. 

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Dolph Goldenburg, Interim Executive Director

Dolph Ward Goldenburg provides staff leadership for TLDEF while the search for a new Executive Director is underway. Goldenburg has a track record of guiding organizations through leadership transitions and provides stability while they undergo change.  In addition to being a trained and experienced interim executive,  Goldenburg has served many LGBTQ organizations as a consultant, was the executive director of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community center, and served as the executive director of an HIV supportive housing agency in Georgia.

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Tabytha Gonzalez, Office Manager

Prior to working for TLDEF, Tabytha attended Berkeley College for business management, and worked as a teacher’s assistant for the deaf and hearing impaired community. Tabytha also was an inventory specialist at high-volume retail locations. She is a very passionate liaison for Exponents Drug Treatment, an organization that serves LGBT individuals and people who struggle with drug addiction. She also has community ties to grassroots organizations such as Destination Tomorrow, which serves the LGBTQ community in the South Bronx,  and CK Life, which provides supportive services to the transgender community in NYC. Tabytha speaks Spanish and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She is very happy to join TLDEF and help further the vision of the organization.

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Donna Levinsohn, Senior Staff Attorney

Donna Levinsohn joined the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund as Senior Staff Attorney ​o​n September 5, ​2017. Donna has more than 30 years of experience practicing civil litigation in New York City, specializing in the fields of commercial litigation and employment litigation in both state and federal courts. Most recently, she was Counsel at Warshaw Burstein, LLP, and was previously New York Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP).  She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Donna has a longstanding commitment to furthering the cause of LGBT rights in general and transgender rights in particular, as shown by her decade of work on the LGBT Rights Committee and the Sex and Law Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York.  Among other things, she participated in those committees' preparation of Bar Association reports on the proposed trans-inclusive federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, on the proposed modernization of requirements for changing gender designations on New York State birth certificates, and (jointly with  Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign) proposing transgender-affirming hospital policies which would facilitate equal access to quality health care for transgender patients.  Donna also served for a year on the board of LeGaL (the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York). 

Donna is extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity to join TLDEF, allowing her to work full-time to further the interests of the community through impact litigation.

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Ali White, Development Associate

Ali has a BFA from Tufts University, where she also honed her communications skills at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Although a sculptor by profession, with showings all over the country, she has a strong technical background as a Copy Editor. Her political activist background and technical skills make her a perfect administrative addition to the TLDEF team.

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