Audre Lorde Project - Manhattan
147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10011-1911
Audre Lorde Project - Brooklyn
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-1607
Manhattan Office Hours
Tuesday - Thursday 1pm-7pm
Staff are listed in alphabetical order and may be reached via the ALP main number listed above.
Cara Page, Executive Director (212) 463-0342 ext. 18 email caraalp [dot] org
Cara Page is a Black queer feminist cultural worker & organizer. She comes from a long ancestral legacy of organizers and cultural workers from the Southeast to the Northeast. For the past 20 plus years she has worked within the queer & trans liberation movement, reproductive justice movement, the racial and economic justice movements and the National People’s Movement Assembly. She continues to organize; create cultural and political spaces that honor our leaders, movements, communal legacies, and mobilize transformative spaces for the safety and well being of our communities.
Cara is currently the Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project. She is also co-founder and former Coordinator of the Kindred Collective; a southeastern network of healers, health practitioners and organizers seeking ways to respond to and intervene on state violence & generational trauma. She is the former National Director of the Committee on Women, Population & the Environment; and a proud member of Southerners on New Ground, Project South, and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.
Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds, Membership Coordinator (212) 463-0342 ext 17 email: cleoalp [dot] org
Cleopatra is an African-American Femmeboiant Queer first generation child of immigrants who was born, raised, and currently living in The Bronx, New York. A child of Ghanaian immigrants, education and access has always been a huge focus in Cleopatra's life and she aims to make both priority issues when working within ALP. Cleopatra has been a Core Member of the Audre Lorde Project since 2012 and has helped establish various projects like Food Justice and The Movement Dance team. She aspires to bring political justice to Comic-Cons everywhere.
When Cleopatra isn’t working (and sometimes when she is), she writes a sitcom about a law firm she worked at for 8 months and works on her future hit Youtube Series “Are There Black People in this Movie?” where she criticizes pop culture for not having enough quality black characters offered to actors of color. She also complains about people who take long walks on beaches.
Gina George, 3rd Space Support Program Coordinator (212) 463-0342 ext. 16 email: ginaalp [dot] org
Gina is a queer Mallu social work community organizer born out of New York desi church community, raised on the Women of Color anti-violence movement, and is currently sustaining her growth and sense of wonder in LGBTSTGNC POC community organizing and liberation work. She has worked at Safe Horizon and Queens Community House, and holds an LMSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. As the 3rd Space Support Program Coordinator at ALP, she envisions supporting organizing spaces that center community building, accessibility, community resource development, and language justice. She aims to sustain ALP as a political home where members of the community can enter with their whole selves and actively develop and participate in their wellness strategies.
Gina enjoys hearing and telling stories, using her power drill, people watching at protests, and if she cooks for you, she thinks you are very special.
Jamal T. Lewis, Communications Coordinator, (212) 463-0342 ext. 15 email: jamalalp [dot] org
Jamal T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the ALP, he-she spent 4 years creating social and digital content and communications strategy for various organizations -- from campus activism to non-profits, corporate and social/civic tech. Jamal is deeply invested in creating and archiving stories that expands and complicates Black history, specifically those of marginalized communities: trans, gender non-conforming, fat, disabled, and locators language cannot contain and hold.
Ileana Méndez-Peñate, Director of Programs (212) 463-0342 ext. 11 email: ileanaalp [dot] org
Ileana Méndez-Peñate is a queer femme Latina who has called New York City her home for the last 15 years. She is passionate about critical pedagogy and facilitation, building transformative leadership within communities of color, and ending violence in all forms. Illeana has worked within the youth liberation movement and anti-violence movement, and spent many years supporting intergenerational social justice spaces that center children and caregivers. She holds an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work.
Myles Paisley, Manager of Finance & Administration (212) 463-0342 ext. 12 email: mylesalp [dot] org
Myles Paisley is a mixed-race native NYer committed to dismantling systems of oppression and challenging systemic violence. Prior to joining the ALP team, he spent 10 years working in the restaurant industry and honing his culinary prowess. When he’s not flexing his administrative muscles, Myles can be found baking the best apple pie you’ve ever eaten, riding his bike along the Hudson River Greenway, and seeking out the cheapest + tastiest eats the city has to offer.
Nico Fonseca, TransJustice Program Co-Coordinator (212) 463-0342 ext. 13 email: nicoalp [dot] org
Nico Fonseca is a Queer, Trans and gender variant Afro Boricua who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. A community organizer and cultural worker, Nico works to generate community building practices, spaces and values that uplift marginalized voices, and continues to work toward the liberation of Trans and Gender Nonconforming communities of color. When he's not taking it to the streets, he likes reading, writing, cake and long walks on the beach while discussing how to dismantle fatphobia.
Olympia Perez, TransJustice Program Co-Coordinator for Leadership Development (212) 463-0342 ext.19 email: olympiaalp [dot] org
Olympia Perez is a Afro-Latina Transwoman who was raised in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. She is a poet, healer, multimedia artist, and facilitator invested in decolonizing spaces. She has been organizing since 2006 around the intersections of violence she and her trans and gnc communites of color face. She is awakened by the spiritual force that drives her to dislocate and dismantle the systems that we are subjected to; that oppress the best part of us, and that is to live. Olympias adversity informs the work she does with community and she is deeply invested in the liberation of all black trans and gnc people of color. Olympia works to restore her spirit from the confines of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy as a trans warrior. She enjoys adventures with her wife Sasha <3, reading, writing and her time with yellow cats. She is the Content Director of Black Trans Media, working to shift and reframe the value of black trans people thru media, education, and community building. Her pronouns are Her-She like the chocolate bar. Olympia is thrilled to join the incredible staff at the Audre Lorde Project as the Co-Coordinator of Trans Justice, building on the organizing capacity of trans and gnc communities of color thru Trans Justice for our collective liberation.
Tasha Amezcua, Safe Outside the System Coordinator, (212) 463-0342 ext.14 email: tashaalp [dot] org
Tasha Amezcua, Safe Outside the System Program Coordinator, is a queer, femme, Chicana survivor of violence and organizer from Santa Ana, CA who has never relied on the cops for safety. She has called New York City her home since 2003, and has 10 years of LGBTSTGNC POC anti-violence community organizing experience. Tasha was an active member of the Safe Outside the System Collective from 2006 to 2009. She wanted to be a nun as a child, but figured out later that the desire was really for queerness, safety, and community. Tasha believes that we are all we need to survive, that we are experts in our own lives, and that community are the folks who show up for you and have your back. Tasha loves cats and bikes.
Hollis Kam, Board Chair
Stephanie M, Peña
Stephanie is a queer femme Latina organizer, advocate and activist. As the daughter of a first-generation Colombian feminist organizer, there was always an emphasis on social justice and civic engagement in her home. In search of qpoc community Stephanie joined ALP as a member in 2009. As a board member, she is dedicated and committed to the generation of funds, resources and leadership development in order to achieve collective healing, growth and liberation.
Kirya Traber is an actress, playwright, and cultural worker. She is currently in residence at Lincoln Center Education, and is on faculty at the School of Drama at the New School. Kirya received her MFA in Acting from the School of Drama at the New School, is the recipient of the California Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Robert Redford's Sundance foundation award for Activism in the Arts, an Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund award for Poetry, and is a former judge for the LAMBDA Literary awards in LGBT Drama. Kirya is an alumnus of the 2010 VONA/Voices retreat for writers of color, the 2012 EmergeNYC intensive at the Hemispheric Institute, was a 2014 Space Grantee at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and is an alumnus of Urban Bush Women's 2015 Summer Leadership Institute. Kirya writes and performs for the stage, and facilitates collaborative art projects with youth and adults in community-based settings, and within the juvenile justice system.
Tara Shuai Ellison