Board of Directors

Jay L. Austin

Jay L Austin Headshot

Jay L. Austin is the executive director of RISE Alliance Center at the Law School Admission Council. RISE (Reaffirming Individuals Supporting Education) initiatives and programs are centered on supporting and building community and capacity to influence institutional climate among the student-facing professional and support staff, especially among and between minoritized group members at the LSAC 200+ member law schools.

Prior to joining LSAC, he has served as the senior association dean of enrollment and financial aid at Rutgers Law School as well as overseeing admissions and financial aid at University of California Irvine School of Law, the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Pennsylvania State University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, University of California Hastings School of Law, and as an admissions officer at Columbia University School of Law and Columbia School of Business.

He has extensive participation on various committees and in leadership positions including president of the Black Faculty and Staff Association at UC Irvine, and as chair of the LGBTQ Board at the University of Pennsylvania. Outspoken about topics pertaining the value of inclusivity, Austin has presented on a range of topics including the critical need to consider the narrative of the intersectionality of lived lives in admissions policies and practices, and inclusion and diversity and institutional leadership where a favorite presentation title It’s More Than Gender Neutral Restrooms—Empowering the Individual and Transforming the Institution.

Jay attended Columbia University where he studied biology-psychology and completed post-graduate certificate in international management at University of Liverpool.

Maeve Cunningham

Maeve Cunningham

Maeve Cunningham is a Director at Barclays Investment Bank where she has worked for over 15 years. At Barclays, she is responsible for delivery of large scale and complex programs of change including key regulatory deliveries.

Originally from Ireland, she made New York her home in 2010, having lived in Singapore and London after her graduation from University College Cork, Ireland with a B.Sc in Business Information Systems.

Katherine Cooper, Co-chair

Katherine Cooper

Kathy is an attorney with Murphy & McGonigle, where she offers financial market participants trusted guidance to help them chart their way through the often confusing legal and regulatory landscape. Prior to joining this firm, Kathy served as the Chief Regulatory Officer of NYSE Liffe US, a futures exchange operated by the New York Stock Exchange, from its launch in 2008 through its closure in a merger-related reorganization in December 2014. In that role, she advised the exchange’s Board and senior management on legal and regulatory issues and was responsible for the exchange’s self-regulatory function policing market participants’ compliance with applicable law and rules. Kathy was the first employee to transition at the New York Stock Exchange.

Prior to her role at NYSE, she held senior compliance positions at two large investment banks, prosecuted commodity frauds as an enforcement attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and in private practice represented clients in anti-trust, securities and commodities investigations run by the Securities Exchange Commission, the United States Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. While she was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, her pro bono work included the representation of an inmate in a prisoner rights case, homeless plaintiffs seeking to exercise their free speech rights in the New York City subway system, and tenants in eviction proceedings.

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Columbia College.

Joanne Herman, Treasurer

Joanne Herman

Joanne earned her CPA designation in 1984, and subsequently worked in various accounting, auditing, and finance positions for corporations, small businesses, and non-profits until her retirement in 2010. After her transition to live in her true gender in 2002, Joanne also actively advocated for transgender acceptance and understanding until 2013, publishing the book Transgender Explained for Those Who Are Not in 2009, and serving on the boards of Fenway Health, Point Foundation, and GLAD as each organization’s first transgender board member. Once fully retired from work and advocacy, Joanne developed a passion for competitive bowling. Joanne graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975 and earned her MBA from the Northeastern University Graduate School of Professional Accounting in 1982. She is married to Theresa (Terry) Fallon and is fluent in French.

Catharine Hough

Catharine Hough

Catharine Hough is Vice President of Massartre Ltd., a women-owned general contracting firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial construction. 

Catharine has held board memberships in numerous organizations, including the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, the New York State Pride Agenda, the DOE Fund, the Wooster Group, PS 122, and Business Propulsion Systems, among others.  She is LEED-accredited by the US Green Building Council and maintains numerous other professional accreditations and certifications.

Catharine earned a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences – Environmental Studies from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States.

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Andrea holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelors Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

Alaina Kupec, Co-Chair

Alaina Kupec

Alaina has spent the past 23 years working in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry.  She currently serves as a Senior Director at Gilead.  Prior to that she spent over 20 years at Pfizer.  She has experience in Market Access, Communications, Public Affairs, Sales Leadership and Sales over the course of her career. 

Alaina has also been visibly active the past three years, first when she lived in North Carolinian and was one of the most visible leaders fighting HB2. She appeared in the first nationally airing transgender awareness ad supporting the right for transgender people to use the bathroom of their presenting gender, which ran during the Republican National Convention. She has also been active fighting the proposed ban on transgender military service, appearing on ABC Nightline and in numerous media outlets, along with writing an Op-Ed published in the NY Daily News. Most recently Alaina again spoke out about proposed policy changes regarding the Department of Health and Human Services in defining gender. appearing on WNYC in NYC and writing an Op-Ed published in Newsday. 

Alaina’s professional career began after graduating cum laude from NC State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science, where she was also honored as the 1992 Naval ROTC Honor Graduate.  After graduation, Alaina served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer in a FA-18 squadron, where she was recognized as the 1994 Ground Officer of the Year and also received two Navy Achievement Medals for her leadership.

Alaina currently resides in Oakland, California with her wife Kathy, and has three sons.

Sean Madden

Sean Madden

Sean P. Madden, CFA is an investor, attorney and transgender rights ally and advocate. Sean previously founded and served as Chief Investment Officer of Loch Cliff Advisors, a value-oriented asset management firm. Prior to establishing Loch Cliff Advisors in 2009, Sean spent ten years at Investcorp International Inc., most recently as a Managing Director in the Private Equity group where he was a partner level executive responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing middle market buyouts from inception through monetization. Before Sean joined Investcorp, he was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance Group of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he provided financing and advisory services for a broad range of corporate and financial sponsor clients. He previously practiced corporate law in New York with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and served as a law clerk for Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sean served on the NYC Bar Association’s LGBTQ Rights Committee from 2017-19. While earning his LLM degree, Sean worked with TLDEF pro bono and proudly co-authored TLDEF’s 2017 Supreme Court amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Sean holds a BSc in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in Political Science also from Penn, and LLM and JD degrees from Fordham University School of Law where he was Valedictorian of his JD class. Sean has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Riley Snorton

Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton (Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Chicago) is a scholar, author, and activist whose work focuses on historical perspectives of gender and race, specifically Black transgender identities. His publications include Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, the CLAGS' Sylvia Rivera Award for Transgender Studies, the John Boswell Prize in LGBTQ History from the American Historical Association and the William Sanders Scarborough Prize for African American literature and culture from the Modern Language Association. In 2014 BET listed him as one of their "18 Transgender People You Should Know".

Anne Tompkins

Anne Tompkins

Anne M. Tompkins is a partner at the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. She was the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from April 2010 to March 2015.  Anne also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina, during which time she was detailed for eight months to the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq, where she assisted the Iraqi Special Tribunal investigation into international humanitarian crimes committed by members of the regime of Saddam Hussein. She received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  She received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Updated on Jan 13, 2022