Audre Lorde Project - Brooklyn

85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-1607
Telephone: 212.463.0342
Fax: 212.463.0344

Office Hours

Sorry but all in-person operations are currently closed due to quarantine. Visit our Events page for upcoming virtual opportunities to build with us.

 

 

Our Staff

     
         
         
 

Cleopatra Jach, Co-Director

(212) 463-0342 ext 11 

email: cleopatra@alp.org

 

Cleopatra Jach (aka Cleopatra From The Bronx) is a Black Femmeboiant Gender Non-Conforming* Queer who was born, raised, and lived in The Bronx, New York for 28 years. As a first-generation born 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 in all areas of her life. Cleopatra hopes to collapse universes that hold our collective oppression and trauma in effort to make space for truth and new galaxies that build our values of resiliency and abundance. Cleopatra’s pronouns are She, Her, and Sir. She describes her facilitation persona as a Top Femme Daddx. When Cleopatra isn’t organizing, she can be found not finishing her Cosplay for the comic book convention that is two days away (Yes, there is always a comic book convention two days away)

 
         
         
 

Maxwell Scales, 
Co-Director

(212) 463-0342 ext.19

email: maxwell@alp.org

 

Maxwell Scales serves as the Audre Lorde Project's Co-Director, focusing on resource organizing and financial sustainability. Born and raised in the South, Maxwell has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 15 years. He most recently worked at ALP's ally org, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, as the Director of Development and Finance, managing institutional funding and daily financial operations. Max has over a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser, including development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), focusing on events, planned giving, direct mail, and major gifts. He is a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional. Max is into intersectional lenses, wealth redistribution, and spreadsheet shortcuts. Maxwell identifies as black/queer/transmasc and uses he/him/they/them pronouns.

 
         
         
 

Kerbie Joseph, Safe Outside the System Coordinator 

(212) 463-0342 ext 14 (W,Th) | ext 24 (M,T,F)  

email: kerbie@alp.org

 

Kerbie Joseph is a first generation Haitian woman from Brooklyn, NY and a community organizer with the ANSWER  (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition. Kerbie has organized and led the Stop The Cops unity march from the Bronx to Harlem, in solidarity for Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham and all police brutality victims. Kerbie is a lead organizer in the Justice for Akai Gurley Family campaign and works with many of the police brutality families in NYC. Kerbie has organized along side many of the police brutality groups and progressive politicians in NYC as well. Kerbie has spoken at Yale University, Fordham University, NYU, Temple, CUNY, and at Adelphi University on topics such as: racism, police brutality, class, LGBTQ struggle, women's oppression and organizing. 

Kerbie previously worked as a youth counselor at the Ali Forney Center, which is the largest LGBTQ homeless housing shelter in the U.S. Kerbie was also a case manager at Damayan Migrant Workers Association where she worked with labor trafficking survivors and found housing for them. Kerbie continues to do solidarity work nationally and is excited about growing with the Audre Lorde Project.

 
         
         
 

Janhavi Pakrashi, Communications Coordinator

(212) 463-0342 ext 10

email: janhavi@alp.org

 

Janhavi (aka DJ Tikka Masala) joins the Audre Lorde Project with the intention of bringing 16 years of nightlife promotional strategy, and 7 years of instructional media design with teaching and learning online at the Pratt Institute, in addition to 2 years at Astraea, learning about global and intersectional feminisms.She/they also work at Henrietta Hudson, the oldest lesbian bar in new york city, and one of the last 5 in the country, as a resident DJ and previously social media director. With an academic background in documentary film, Janhavi’s focus is telling stories using a variety of media, including photography, film, audio, social media, and music. Janhavi’s sensibilities about movement building come from a place of connecting collective historical narratives with adaptive perspectives required to catalyze social change. They are also on the first ever nightlife advisory board of the mayor’s office, and spend a lot of time thinking about how to build safer queer spaces in the service of self-determination.

 
         
         
 

Rumi Akong, TransJustice Coordinator

(212) 463-0342 ext 13

email: rumi@alp.org

 

Rumi is a Black and mixed race nonbinary andro-queer kid from Queens. They are blessed to spend most of their time lifting up the rich survival autotheory offered in the stories that comrades at the Audre Lorde Project and scholars of color across CUNY institutions exchange in our respective movements. They labor in solidarity with economically disenfranchised, neurotypical, indigenous / diasporic people of color and centers these communities in their studies and vision for the future of liberatory therapeutic practice for chronically traumatized peoples. Among other roles, they have served as a group facilitator, community liaison, and health and wellness educator for LGBTQIA communities since 2013. They relish in arts-driven, earth-honoring collaborative program development and hosting safer, informed and generative spaces for cross-community mobilization.

Rumi earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English at the University at Buffalo and knows a lot of words, but also believes that when it comes to expressing a robustly complex and nuanced reality, human experience tends to supersedes every single one. Rumi is a self-described ‘one-part shapeless, formless couch potato, two-parts amateur outdoorsman and survivalist, full-on earth advocate’. If Rumi was any more a fantastical creature, they would definitely be a gnome. Rumi answers to they, he, and Gnomeo.

 
         
         
 

Anqa Khan, Member Engagement and Leadership Coordinator

email: anqa@alp.org

 

Anqa is a non-binary Kashmiri-American organizer, advocate, and educator based in Lenapehoking. Much of their work has focused on reproductive health, rights, and justice; particularly for Muslim, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQ+ folks.

They are proud to organize with their hometown coalition Solidarity & Mutual Aid Jersey City, and with the South Asia Solidarity Initiative, working to combat Hindu supremacy & the occupation of Kashmir. In addition, they serve as a co-founder of the Reconcavo Collective, a group that provided culturally competent sex education for Muslim folks.

Anqa is interested in pleasure, faith, and accountability as guiding principles of their liberation work. They are also a beginner ukulele player, a spontaneous traveler, and the eldest sibling to two Scorpios, a Sagittarius, and a Leo.

 
         
         
 

India Harris, Director of Programs

email: india@alp.org

 

As Director of Programs, India Harris is responsible for programmatic and organizational administration, coalition building, campaign organizing, and member leadership development. She is excited to join the Audre Lorde Project staff after gaining political education, training, and campaign experience as a long serving member. 

India is a Black Queer Washingtonian with family and ancestral roots in the South. She was politicized protesting the wars initiated by the Bush administration as a youth and became dedicated to social change work during a AmeriCorps year of service with the Alliance of AIDS Services in Durham, NC. Over the years, she’s engaged in direct service, activism, community organizing, advocacy, and education. India’s previous career entailed serving in youth and young adult ministry for Unitarian Universalist congregations. As an herbalist, she's very committed to supporting BIPOC, Queer, Trans and other communities that are often harmed by state violence and the medical industrial complex. 

 
         
         
 

Danya AbdelHameid, Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator

(212) 463-0342 ext.13

email: danya@alp.org

 

Danya is the Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator at the Audre Lorde Project. She is committed to redirecting wealth and resources towards the people and groups working for the liberation of the most marginalized among us, and is deeply grateful to be doing this work with ALP. Danya previously worked in a variety of media and communications roles in the Washington, D.C.-area, and is always down to talk about the overlap between fundraising, storytelling, and grassroots movements. 

 
         
         
 

Indra Murti Kanthan, 3rd Space Coordinator

email: indra@alp.org

  Indra Murti Kanthan is a queer, disabled writer, advocate and survivor. Indra joins ALP from Manavi, where she provided support and advocacy to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, and worked to dismantle structural barriers to resource access for immigrant communities. Her prior work experience includes grant writing, grassroots fundraising, and building financial resilience and economic solidarity in POC communities. She looks forward to bringing her passion for trauma-informed care and healing work to ALP’s 3rd Space Collective. Indra is an avid animal lover, and devoted dog mom to the two best rescue mutts in the world. In her downtime, she loves to read and play the piano. At ALP she hopes to become an active source of support and collaboration for 3rd Space members and beyond.  
         
         
 

Our Board

     
         
         
 

Lolan Buhain Sevilla

 

Lolan (they / them / theirs) is a Trans Filipino Butch cultural worker who strives to root their work in community, study, and practice. They have over a decade of cross-sectoral nonprofit and community organizing experience. Lolan currently works as the Senior Manager of Political Education and Leadership Development at the NYC Anti-Violence Project, and is a former Audre Lorde Project staff person, excited to return to one of their political homes as Board Member. Lolan has served organizations such as INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Astraea Foundation, generation FIVE, BAYAN & GABRIELA USA, and Asian Women’s Shelter. A member of the National Writers Union, Lolan is pursuing their Masters’ degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. They are also the author of Translating New Brown, co-editor of Walang Hiya … Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, and were awarded a 2012 Writing Residency at Hedgebrook.

 
         
         
 

Chriss Sneed

 

Some years ago, Chriss stumbled across ALP as an undergraduate student at St. John's University searching for community and ideas of social justice. After some time and re-connection, they joined ALP's board with an offering of professional support, grant-writing, and an enthusiasm for endless dreaming.

A Ph.D. Candidate at University of Connecticut, Chriss’ academic and public work focuses on Black LGBTQI activism and world-making in the U.S. and Brazil. In the past, Chriss has been a Research Associate in Residence at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Student Representative of Sociologists for Women in Society, Visiting Instructor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar & Adjunct at St. John’s University (where they received their B.A.), and an intern for the Trans Justice Funding Project. On a sunny day, you can find this virgo caressing the pages of a new book with their toes in the sand.

 
         
 

Samar “SM” Rodriguez-Fairplay, Ph.D. 

 

SM (they/them) is a Brooklyn-born, rural-South-bred, nonbinary child of immigrants who returned to the City a decade ago. A scholar-activist who believes in the abolition of isolation, punishment, and unaccountability, SM pledges to construct systems of interdependence and compassionate action. They merge theory and practice as a Critical Criminologist by day and a community organizer by evening. Before joining the Board of Directors in 2019, Samar offered six years as a loyal S.O.S. member and trained security for our events. 

SM is the Director of LGBTQ+ Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Some of their many reflections on the work of ALP and other African Diasporic social movement organizations have been published by Lexington Books, Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Lynne Rienner Publishers.  

 
         
         
 

Melat Seyoum