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Staff, Fellows & Interns


Ma'ayan Anafi

Policy Counsel

As a policy counsel, Ma’ayan works with the rest of the NCTE team on federal policy advocacy, with a focus on improving meaningful health care access for trans people.

Joanna Cifredo (She/Her)

Racial & Economic Justice Policy Analyst

As the Racial & Economic Justice Policy Analyst, Joanna serves as policy expert on issues related to communities of color, immigrants and lower income transgender people.

Arli Christian

Arli Christian

State Policy Counsel

As State Policy Counsel Arli works with state advocates to modernize name change laws, state ID regulations, and birth certificate policies, and is dedicated to improving and

Sandy James (He, Him)

Survey Project Manager

As Survey Project Manager, Sandy James works with a research team to lead the development, fielding, analysis, and presentation of the U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS), the second iteration of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS).

Mara Keisling (She, Her)

Executive Director

Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Rebecca Kling (She/Her)

Community Storytelling Advocate

As the Community Storytelling Advocate, Rebecca elevates the stories of transgender people and their allies. By working with a diverse range of spokespeople, she brings the wide range of transgender people’s lives and experiences into the policy advocacy and public education work of the transgender movement.

Lisa Mottet (She, Her)

Deputy Executive Director

As Deputy Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for stewarding the organizations advocacy, fundraising, and communications work and directs our local and state advocacy work. Lisa was the first attorney working full-time on transgender rights at the national level in 2001.

K'ai Sowon Smith (He/Him)

Managing Director

As Managing Director, K’ai coordinates the organization’s operations, administrative, finance, special projects and programs, and communications work.

Harper Jean Tobin (She, Her)

Director of Policy

As Director of Policy, Harper Jean coordinates all aspects of advocacy on federal administrative policies and regulations for NCTE and works to provide information for the public about laws and policies that affect transgender people.

Jami Westerhold (She/Her)

Development Director

As the Director of Development, Jami coordinates all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and sponsorship development at NCTE. She focuses on building relationships and engaging NCTE’s supporters while working with corporate sponsors to develop partnerships.

Jay Wu (They/Them)

Media Relations Manager

As Media Relations Manager, Jay is responsible for communicating our work to the wider world through handling NCTE's relationships with media outlets.

Meg Yamato

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Meg helps to ensure the operational efficiency and fiscal health of the organization by administering financial and operations-related tasks.

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