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.
Alok Vaid-Menon, Intern (212) 463-0342 ext. 15 email: alokalp [dot] org
Alok Vaid-Menon is a South Asian trans/national queer activist and artist hailing from Texas. They have worked with queer movements in the Bay Area, South Africa, India, and Palestine. Alok is invested in building queer bodies and movements that resist white supremacy and imperialism, decolonizing academic knowledge production, and reclaiming our color from the rainbow that stole it from us. They are currently on tour with DARKMATTER a queer south asian performance duo and are working this year with ALP on a John Gardner fellowship. You can read some of their writing at returnthegayze.tumblr.com
Cara Page, Executive Director (212) 463-0342 ext. 18 email cpagealp [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.
Chelsea Johnson-Long, Program Coordinator: Organizing (Safe OUTside the System) (718) 596 -0342 ext. 11 email: cjohnsonlongalp [dot] org
Chelsea Johnson-long hails from Los Angeles by way of Hawaii where at 7 years old she began her organizing work licking envelopes for the Hawaiian land and cultural sovereignty movement. She is the daughter of a desert flower jazz singer, a boston jewish salesman, and a long line of resilient southern souls. Some of the change she has helped create includes: challenging gentrification alongside Youth of Color in East Oakland, advocating for Ethnic Studies throughout the University of California, and making higher education accessible for low-income students of color. She uses the language of guerilla theatre to support organizations such as Engaging Education, East-Side Arts Alliance, The Hip-Hop Association, and Red Umbrella Project. As a Black/Queer/Femme SuperShero Chelsea draws her power[s] from her vibrant community in Brooklyn and her dog, Jasper. She is currently the program Coordinator of the Safe OUTside the System collective, an anti-violence program of the Audre Lorde Project. When she is not organizing, Chelsea spends her time practicing herbalism and singing in the gayest gospel choir in the universe.
Elliott Fukui Program Coordinator Organizing (TransJustice) (212) 463-0342 ext.13 email: efukuialp [dot] org
Elliott is a HAPA Nikkei Trans person originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, who is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York and coordinating the TransJustice Program at ALP. He has been an organizer, educator, facilitator and trainer for over ten years, working with organizations like Planned Parenthood, GLSEN, Trans Youth Support Network, the YAYA Network, Youth Power Project, and the War Plays Project. When Elliott isn’t busy fighting the power he enjoys whittling, dance parties, reading, sewing, and home spa nights.
Irma Bajar, Program Coordinator: Membership (212) 463-0342 ext.17 email: ibajaralp [dot] org
Irma Salvatierra Bajar is a queer Filipino community organizer born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. She was first introduced to the National Democratic movement of the Philippines in Seattle in 2006 because she was drawn to issues of overseas Filipino migrants. In 2008 Irma moved to NYC and joined Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE-NYC). She served as FiRE’s Organizing Director for two years and is the former Chairperson of the organization. Currently Irma serves as the Vice-Chair of International Relations for GABRIELA-USA, an overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines which is an organization working to advance the struggle of women in the overall movement for national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines. Irma wakes up everyday fueled by the resilience of the people in struggle and is grateful for her kasamas/comrades, community, and ohana for giving her the love and support in Serving the People. Irma shared that working at the Audre Lorde Project is like a dream come true and is honored to be serving the community as the membership program coordinator.
Myles Paisley, Administrative Assistant (212) 463-0342 ext. 12 email: mpaisleyalp [dot] org
Myles Paisley is a mixed-race queer man of trans experience who was born and raised in New York City. 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.
Roberto C Tijerina, Director of Finance and Administration (212) 463-0342 ext.10 email: rtijerinaalp [dot] org
Roberto Tijerina is a queer Latino of immigrant parents whose political work focuses on language justice – an analysis and practice around language as a tool of power. He coordinated the Multilingual Capacity Building Program at Highlander Research and Education Center for four years and coordinated language access for the US Social Forum in Detroit in June 2010.Before moving to NYC to work at ALP, Roberto worked as an activist in Chicago and the South; his three mainstays being LGBT, immigrant, and disability rights. In addition to English, he is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.Areas where Roberto’s passion exceeds his skill are: singing karaoke, reading tarot cards, and navigating OKCupid.
Hollis Kam, Board Chair
Tara Shuai Ellison