Here's the list of board members we'll be voting in on Saturday, January 9th at our Virtual Town Hall for 2021. New members are marked with an asterisk.* Short bios to follow below.
Chair - Tariem Burroughs, he/him, Board Member since 2017
Tariem is completing his PhD in Sociology at Temple University. He lives with his husband, his son, two cats, and a dog in West Philadelphia.
Vice Chair - Jadzia Axelrod, she/her, Board member since 2019
Jadzia is a writer and cartoonist who lives in West Philly with her wife and daughter.
Secretary - Ruby Augustus, she/her Board member since 2017
Treasurer - Gina Cline, she/her Board member since 2016
Gina is the proud Mama to two gorgeous kiddos and also an executive at American Reading Company, a K-12 education company.
Chair, Membership Committee - Naomi Washington-Leapheart* she/her
Naomi is a faith organizer, was our conference keynote speaker in 2018 and led our keynote conversation in 2020.
Chair, Fundraising Committee - Katy Chatel, she/ze/her/hers Board member since 2020
Katy Chatel makes meaning in this life through connecting with others whether it is climbing trees with her family, social justice volunteer work, writing and editing stories, or checking someone on the roller derby track. She is currently looking for full time work that feels both meaningful and pays the bills.
Chair, Education and Advocacy Committee - Mikah Thomas, he/him/they/them Board member since 2020
Mikah Thomas is a transplant to Philadelphia by way of Alabama, currently working as the Trans Equity Project Recruiter at GALAEI. By promoting his lived experiences as a transgender person, Mikah strives to ensure opportunities for success for the TLGBQ+ Philadelphia community.
Chair, Event Planning Committee - Lori Keslowitz, she/her Board member since 2019
Lori, Jen and Jude live in South Philly with their cat. Lori manages an Airbnb in the family’s home, nannies and is a Local Area Representative at Go Au Pair. Jen is the Associate Dean of the School of Dance at University of the Arts (UArts). Jude is an avid reader and lover of throwing breakable objects.
Members at Large: