It’s that time of year again when we have the honor of introducing another fabulous grantmaking team.
Kicking off a series of introductions, we’re ecstatic to welcome Sammie Ablaza Wills to the 2019 TJFP Grantmaking Fellowship!
Sammie will join five other ground breaking, trans, non binary activists and organizers from across the country to select this years grantees.
Sammie is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx person with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots
organizing. They currently serve as director of APIENC, a trans and queer Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots organization in the SF Bay Area. Sammie’s politic has come from witnessing xenophobia against their family, from fighting budget cuts to public schools, and from learning from queer Pilipino people in their communities. It’s from this that Sammie has worked to trained hundreds of young, queer, trans, Asian people to lead from values of abundance and interdependence. Sammie is dedicated to ethnic studies, racial justice, and environmental justice, working closely in groups such as Asians4BlackLives and Movement Generation. Sammie believes that anything can be turned into a chant and brought onto the streets (literally and emotionally). At all times, they strive to learn more about their ancestors, practice vulnerability, and share stories.
We can hardly wait to do this work with you Sammie!
We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!
Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.
We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!
We are so excited to welcome Que to the 2017 TJFP community grantmaking panel!
Quentin “Que” Bell is a Black Trans activist, entrepreneur, and mentor born and raised in historic Selma, Alabama. Que received his Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurial Concentration. In the fall, Que, will be attending Auburn University pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration focusing on Non-Profit Management. While at ASU Que found a way to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for advocacy and founded The Knights & Orchids Society. TKO is a southern centered grassroots startup led by black, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people fighting at the intersections of racial and gender justice. Since 2012 Quentin’s goal remains unchanged, to improve the quality of life within the LGBTQ+ community by creating safe spaces that empower, educate, and unite Trans, GNC, & Queer role models of color. Que has dedicated his adult life to actively serving in leadership positions to help advance the fight for LGBTQ equality and inclusion while increasing visibility for Trans men of color.
Thank you Nina Chaubal for saying “Yes!” to joining TJFP’s 2017 funding team!
Nina Chaubal is a queer, South Asian trans woman who is the co-founder and Director of Operations of Trans Lifeline – the first national crisis hotline for transgender people by transgender people. Her work focuses on preventing suicide and building a more resilient trans community. An immigrant from India, Nina also works on issues facing trans immigrants. Prior to her work with Trans Lifeline, Nina was a software engineer on Google’s Search team. As Trans Lifeline’s resident geek she has used her technical and entrepreneurial skills to provide resources, build community and draw attention to issues faced by trans people. In whatever counts as her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, building all kinds of things with her wife Greta, complaining about bad user interfaces and obsessing about dumplings.
Stay with us for more 2017 TJFP Fellowship announcements and more!