Staff

Andy Marra, Executive Director

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Andrea "Andy" Hong Marra (she / her / hers) is executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). Prior to TLDEF, she spent five years leading external communications at the Arcus Foundation; managed public relations at GLSEN, a national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy currently serves as Board Chair of the Freedom for All Americans Education Fund. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, Just Detention International, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House and the City of New York for her contributions to the LGBTQ community, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” She is also a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Award, NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.

Contact Andy at amarra@transgenderlegal.org

Gabriel Arkles, Senior Counsel

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Gabriel Arkles (he / him / his) joins TLDEF as one of the leading transgender litigators in the country. Most recently as Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, Gabriel was part of the legal team that represented Aimee Stephens before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County that established anti-transgender discrimination is prohibited under federal law.

Previously, Gabriel was Staff Attorney and Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. He also spent seven years teaching legal skills, first at New York University School of Law and later at Northeastern School of Law.

Gabriel’s work has appeared in publications such as the NYU Law Review, Northeastern Law Journal, Southwestern Law Review, and Scholar and Feminist Online. Past commentary has been found in a range of outlets, such as The Advocate, TruthOut, CBS, NBC News, and WNYC. Additionally, Gabriel has received the Dukeminier Award for best sexual orientation law review article in 2009. When he’s not working, Gabriel serves on the steering committee for Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), reads speculative fiction, plays role-playing games, studies Islamic feminist theology, eats cupcakes, and cuddles cats.

Contact Gabriel at garkles@transgenderlegal.org

Charlie Arrowood, Counsel, Name Change Project

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Charlie Arrowood (they / them / theirs) is of counsel to TLDEF's Name Change Project. They manage the Name Change Project's advocacy efforts, develop materials, and assist the Program Manager with training and education and developing pro bono law firm partnerships. In their private practice, they primarily provide transition-related direct legal services to transgender clients, including name and gender marker change assistance and guidance regarding health insurance coverage.

Charlie is the Chair of the LGBTQ Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, a member of the National Trans Bar Association, and a board member at Gender Equality NY. Charlie is also the recipient of the LGBT Bar Association of New York’s 2021 Community Excellence Award and was named one of the National LGBT Bar Association's 2021 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. They are a parent of two and graduate of Tulane University (B.A. History, 2009) and New York Law School (2013).

Contact Charlie at carrowood@transgenderlegal.org

Casey Bohannon, Associate, Name Change Project

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Casey Bohannon (he / him / his) is a queer transgender man who comes from an Operations/Product Management background in New York City's fast-paced tech start-up industry, with a focus on understanding user needs to streamline and optimize client facing and internal processes. 

Casey has a strong educational background with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), certification of completion in UX Design from General Assembly in Human-Centered Design. 

Contact Casey at cbohannon@transgenderlegal.org

David Brown, Legal Director

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David Brown (they / them / theirs or he / him / his) is a long-time civil rights attorney who brings a lifetime of dedication to justice and equity, and over a decade's worth of litigation experience, to TLDEF's legal work. They have led teams challenging state and federal restrictions on abortion and contraceptive access in state and federal courts throughout the nation, including the United States Supreme Court; represented transgender and non-binary clients in groundbreaking civil rights litigation; and participated in numerous asylum cases. 

Most recently, they were a co-founder of the Lawyering Project, an organization dedicated to advancing reproductive healthcare access through an intersectional approach to challenging state-imposed restrictions on abortion and other care. David has also served as an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights and practiced with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Before becoming a lawyer, they were an LGBTQ activist and human rights grant maker in Central America and Mexico. David graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Pomona College.

Contact David at dbrown@transgenderlegal.org

Ezra Cukor, Senior Staff Attorney

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Ezra Cukor (he / him / his or they / them / theirs) is a senior staff attorney who joined TLDEF with a background enforcing and expanding civil rights protections particularly for transgender and LGB people. Previously, as a staff and then supervising attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Ezra secured redress for transgender and cisgender New Yorkers who faced discrimination in employment, housing, institutional settings, and other public places. While at the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group, Ezra represented low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers in a wide variety of employment, housing, and name change matters. He won a notable appellate decision establishing that undocumented immigrants who reside in New York City can obtain a court ordered name change. While at the Center for Reproductive Rights, he litigated cases to protect and expand access to abortion. In 2018, the National LGBT Bar Association recognized Ezra as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Ezra is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Wesleyan University.

Contact Ezra at ecukor@transgenderlegal.org

Molly Dillon, Associate, Name Change Project

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Molly Dillon (they / them / theirs) 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. Molly 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 work at TLDEF to provide support for trans people and advocate for transgender rights.

Contact Molly at mdillon@transgenderlegal.org

AC Dumlao, Program Manager

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AC Dumlao (they / them / theirs) is a transgender nonbinary first-generation Filipino-American activist. As Program Manager at TLDEF, they manage the Name Change Project, which connects transgender people with attorneys providing pro bono representation during the legal name change process. Additionally, AC leads TLDEF’s community education initiatives and is the lead trainer for trans cultural competency presentations and workshops. In 2019, AC was named a NYC/WorldPride Community Hero by Heritage of Pride, during the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising. In 2018, AC co-hosted an advance screening/talkback in conversation with Lisa Ling for the CNN Original Series’ episode “This is Life with Lisa Ling: Gender Fluidity.” Their nonbinary advocacy work and words have also been featured by ABC News Live, NBC Asian America, Allure, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, Business Insider, Vice Media, and more. AC is an alum of Vassar College, where they are a co-chair for the Vassar LGBTQ+ Alumnae/i Affinity Group and Board Director on the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (AAVC) Board. They live with gratitude on the traditional and unceded homelands of the Lenape Canarsie people, also known as Brooklyn, NY.

Contact AC at adumlao@transgenderlegal.org

Nikki Easterday, Staff Attorney

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Nikki Easterday (they / them / theirs) joins TLDEF as a Staff Attorney with a background in contesting health insurance denials of gender-affirming care. Previously, Nikki worked as a Health Attorney with Community Health Advocates (CHA) and Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project (CHAMP) advocating for access to health care and challenging discriminatory health care policies. Nikki also assisted with the federal implementation of the Affordable Care Act as a research associate with George Washington University, with a focus on anti-discirmination provisions. Nikki is a graduate of City University of New York, School of Law and University of California, San Diego.

Contact Nikki at neasterday@transgenderlegal.org

Jack Einstein, Paralegal

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Jack Einstein (he / him / his) comes to TLDEF with years of advocacy experience in transgender rights, civil rights, and reproductive rights. In 2016, he started the I AM HUMAN Project to support transgender and gender non-conforming students in Upstate NY high schools. The project now serves as a resource for teachers, professionals, and students looking to improve their school environment. He continues to present to young people on organizing grassroots movements and hopes to continue his work with school administrations in the years to come.

Previously, Jack worked at Richman Law & Policy and assisted with civil rights claims against the NYPD. In his free time, he attends protests and actively serves as a National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer. Jack graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Contact Jack at jeinstein@transgenderlegal.org

Terrence Francois, Associate, Donor Engagement & Campaigns

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Terrence Francois (he / him / his) is a charismatic and proud Black, transgender, queer, first-generation Caribbean. As TLDEF’s Donor Engagement & Campaigns Associate, he brings a decade of organizational fundraising experience and event producing expertise, savviness and leadership to the position. He has trained and consulted over 200 community based organizations to successfully and confidently meet their fundraise goals integrating technology, social media, friendships and storytelling. He has lead non-profit fundraising campaigns for important issues such as affordable housing, immigrant rights, and LGBTQIA youth leadership in New York and California.

Terrence’s vision and drive is to empower under-resourced, creative and resilient
communities through all means necessary. He’s worked along side of filmmakers,
content creators and software engineers as the Co-Founder of a digital media
company. And was previously a board member of San Francisco Women Against
Rape. Outside of work you can find him producing and emcing the fashion pop-up
event Wear Versatile, a Queer & Trans Thrift Social, @wearversatile. Terrence lives a
bicoastal life between Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA. He received a Bachelors in
Communication from Fordham University.

Contact Terrence at tfrancois@transgenderlegal.org

Madelyn Murphy, Executive Assistant

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Madelyn Murphy (she / her / hers) comes to TLDEF with a background in non-profit operations focused on civic engagement and community-building. She previously served as executive assistant and producing associate at Waterwell, an education and arts production company with recent works focused on immigration, amplifying the voice of children held in detention (flores-exhibits.org), and connecting with the military and veteran communities of NYC. She has over ten years of experience in production and performance, and uses those skills to support her passion for using storytelling and grassroots social movements to manifest meaningful dialogue and impact.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Human Nutrition, and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Outside of work you can find her frequenting local bakeries and breweries, designing art shoots, acting, and making small talk in thrift stores.

Contact Madelyn at mmurphy@transgenderlegal.org

Aubrey Schuster, Operations Manager

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Aubrey Schuster, (she / her / hers) TLDEF’s Operations Manager, is a former small business owner from Western Pennsylvania who’s spent the last several years working in operations for Wyndham International, one of the world’s leading hotel companies. She has a Bachelors Degree in Advertising from West Virginia University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. 

In 2014 Aubrey became the first associate hired to launch TransTech Social Enterprises in Chicago, where she helped design and administer programming used by trans community members to learn graphic design and web development skills, as well as to connect to employment opportunities nationwide.

Contact Aubrey at aschuster@transgenderlegal.org

Khadijah Silver, Director of Communications

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Khadijah M. Silver (they / them / theirs) is proud to bring over 20 years of experience leading nonprofit brand development, marketing and communications campaigns to their role as TLDEF’s first Director of Communications. A seasoned multimedia storyteller, Khadijah most recently served as a journalist and brand communications strategist with bylines at Medcity News, Above the Law, Law360, Institutional Investor, Popular Science, Refinery29 and more. Prior to that, they spent a total of seven years as Executive Director of grassroots youth advocacy organizations Resilience Advocacy Project and BetterBio. They have decades of experience in helping disparately-impacted communities build, maintain, and grow power, having co-designed numerous successful programs and communications campaigns for gender, identity, social, economic, racial, educational, housing, workplace, environmental, immigration, and health justice. A trans and queer rights activist since 14, Khadijah believes we all can win by centering our Black, Native, Latino/a/x, Middle Eastern, Asian and immigrant trans, gender-creative and nonbinary siblings who have been strategically denied access to decision-making about their own lives and needs.

Khadijah holds a BA from Mills College and JD from Boston University School of Law. They are a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

Contact Khadijah at ksilver@transgenderlegal.org

Sue Lee Troutman, Director of Development

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Sue Lee K. Troutman (she / her / hers) is a senior development professional with almost 17 years of nonprofit fundraising experience working with social justice organizations in New York City.  She has led individual giving efforts at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as development director for other gender, racial, and labor justice missions.  For the past three years, Sue Lee has worked as an independent fundraising consultant, providing strategic fundraising support to several organizations, including Global Action Project, which develops the media-based organizing capacities of youth from low-income, immigrant, and TLGBQ communities.  She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and UCLA.  

Contact Sue Lee at stroutman@transgenderlegal.org

Camille Williams-Ginsberg, Major Gifts Officer

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Camille Williams-Ginsberg (she / her / hers) comes to TLDEF's development team with a background in health care and research fundraising. Most recently, she built a successful Leadership Annual Giving pipeline at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She previously worked at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Additionally, she has experience working in the legal field and is passionate about using the law as a tool for change. Camille grew up in Seattle, Washington, but attended college on the East Coast. She holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and American Government from Smith College.

Contact Camille at cwginsberg@transgenderlegal.org

Leib Leaderman-Bray, Institutional Giving Officer

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Leib Leaderman-Bray (they/them/theirs) joins TLDEF’s development team with a background in fundraising and community organizing in progressive politics, labor organizations, and Jewish nonprofits.  After graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in Sociology, Leib began their career organizing thousands of college students to build a progressive movement of young Jews for ending the occupation of Palestine. In the years since, they have worked in the labor world, including on the successful 2017 campaign for a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts.  For the past two years, Leib supported Jewish young adults in hosting affordable, accessible, and transformative Shabbat dinners through OneTable.  

Leib’s trans, Jewish, and queer identities contribute to their strong sense of justice. They are passionate about fundraising as a means to redistribute wealth and build a more just society. Leib is thrilled to be joining TLDEF’s team and helping to secure financial support for the legal needs of the trans community.

Contact Leib at lleaderman@transgenderlegal.org

Updated on Dec 2, 2021