Andy Marra, Executive Director
Andy 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 on two boards including Freedom for All Americans and Just Detention International. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, 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.
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Gabriel Arkles, Senior Counsel
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.
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Charlie Arrowood, Counsel, Name Change Project
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 Chair of the LGBTQ Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, a member of the National Trans Bar Association, and previously served as the Director of Name & Gender Recognition at Transcend Legal. They are a parent of two and graduate of Tulane University (B.A. History, 2009) and New York Law School (2013).
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Casey Bohannon, Name Change Project Associate
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, as well as certification of completion from +Acumen and IDEO.org in Human-Centered Design.
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David Brown, Legal Director
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.
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Alejandra Caraballo, Staff Attorney
Alejandra Caraballo (she / her / hers) previously served as the Staff Attorney of the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group where she represented clients in a variety of civil legal matters such as immigration, family law, name and gender marker changes, and anti-discrimination litigation. Alejandra currently serves as the Secretary of the LGBTQ Rights Committee of the New York Bar Association and as a Board Member of the Translatina Network. Alejandra was appointed as the first openly trans community board member in Brooklyn and currently serves as the Housing Committee Chair. Alejandra received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she externed in the Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy (HELP) clinic and the Safe Harbor Asylum Law clinic. Alejandra received her B.A. in Government and World Affairs with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Tampa. In her spare time, Alejandra can be found playing guitar, creating electronic music, and brewing beer.
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Molly Dillon, Name Change Project Associate
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 join TLDEF in providing support for trans people and advocating for transgender rights.
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AC Dumlao, Program Manager
AC Dumlao (they / them / theirs) is a transgender non-binary first-generation Filipino-American activist. As Program Manager at TLDEF, they manage The Name Change Project, which connects TGNCNB (transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary) people with lawyers 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. They were recently seen at The Wing for an advance screening/talkback with Lisa Ling for the CNN Original Series’ episode “This is Life with Lisa Ling: Gender Fluidity.” Their non-binary advocacy work and words have been featured by ABC News Live, NBC Asian America, Allure, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, Business Insider, Vice Media, and more.They've received honors by Parity and the New York State Comptroller. AC graduated from Vassar College, and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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Terrence Francois, Development Associate
Terrence Francois (he / him / his) is a charismatic and proud Black, transgender, queer, first-generation Caribbean. As TLDEF’s Development 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.
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Noah E. Lewis, Trans Health Project Director
Noah E. Lewis, Esq. (he / him / his) is director of the Trans Health Project at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), where his work focuses on eliminating barriers to insurance coverage for transgender-related health care. Noah originally joined TLDEF as a Staff Attorney in 2010 and worked on cases such as eliminating the surgery requirement to correct New York City birth certificates, winning a prominent school bathroom victory, and overturning transgender health care denials. He went on to hold interim positions at Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and a ran solo law practice serving transgender clients.
Prior to re-joining TLDEF, Noah was the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal for three years. The organization focused on challenging trans health exclusions, including representing Queer Eye’s Skyler Jay in successfully eliminating such exclusions at the University System of Georgia. Noah was awarded a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Seed Grant and an Arcus Leadership Fellowship for his work.
Noah is a co-chair of the NYC Bar Association’s LGBTQ Rights Committee and is a past recipient of the Committee’s Arthur S. Leonard Award recognizing compelling commitment to LGBT equality through the law. In 2005, Noah became the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School, where he worked to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.
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Aubrey Schuster, Operations Manager
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.
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Sue Lee Troutman, Director of Development
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.
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