Audre Lorde Project - Manhattan
147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10011-1911
Telephone: 212.463.0342
Fax: 212.463.0344

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

Manhattan Office Hours

Tuesday - Thursday 1pm-7pm

 

 

Our Staff

     
         
         
 

Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds, Director of Programs 

(212) 463-0342 ext 11 

email: cleo@alp.org

 

Cleopatra Acquaye-Reynolds (aka Cleo 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, Director of Development & Grassroots Fundraising

(212) 463-0342 ext.19

email: maxwell@alp.org

 

Maxwell Scales serves as the Audre Lorde Project's Director of Development and Grassroots Fundraising, focusing on organizing resources for the movement. Born and raised in the South, Max has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 15 years. He most recently worked at ALP's sibling org, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, as the Director of Development and Finance, managing institutional funding and daily financial operations. Max has 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/his pronouns.

 
         
         
 

Ileana Méndez-PeñateDirector of Special Projects 

(212) 463-0342

email: ileana@alp.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. Ileana 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 LMSW  from the Silberman School of Social Work.

 
         
         
 

Tasha Amezcua, Manager of Finance and Administration,

(212) 463-0342 ext.12

email: tasha@alp.org

  Tasha Amezcua, Manager of Finance and Administration, 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.  
         
         
 

Simone Sobers, 3rd Space Coordinator 

(212) 463-0342 ext 16 

email: simone@alp.org

  Simone is a Black, queer, femme, disabled organizer passionate about developing ways we can bring our full selves into liberatory movement work and integrate our ancestral  magic through abolition, disability justice, racial justice, and healing justice. Born to a New Yorker and a “Chocolate City” Washingtonian, Simone instead grew up in Senegal, Ghana and Indonesia. A daughter of no place and many places, she continues to find home with those who share her politic & practice; who move in recognition of the scars of colonialism and the scam of borders; who fight for the self determination of our people. Simone has been a core member of ALP since 2014, organizing within Safe OUTside the System Collective and Membership. Before working at ALP, she was doing personal healing work with naturopathic and integrative medicine doctors and wants to bring that knowledge into every movement space. Simone is excited to honor our collective legacy of resilience and create and dream of transformation for our people in this new role.  
         
         
 

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 currently works 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.  
         
         
 

Kade Cahe, Member Engagement & Leadership Coordinator 

(212) 463-0342 ext 15 

email: kade@alp.org

  Kade Cahe, pronounced KD K, is a first generation Black Dominican Queer GNC Masculine of Center person from the Bronx. Kade often dreams, schemes, and acts to dismantle anti-blackness, transphobia, ableism, gender-based violence, the prison industrial complex, and capitalism, to start, while creating radical restorative futures within our communities. They organize through the BYP100 New York City chapter as one of the Healing and Safety co-chairs to bring holistic liberation to all black people so that we can all be free. Kade utilizes their background as critical educator, organizer, and leadership trainer, on Swipe it Forward! actions to help end broken window policing, #SayHerName events, and when integrating wellness into organizing spaces. Before working at ALP, Kade was a Senior Trainer at the Posse Foundation where they recruited students for Posse’s full-tuition scholarship program, led workshops on leadership, identity, power, and support to ensure that students were persisting in their goals. Kade is excited to work and grow with ALP to further merge their organizing and leadership development within our LGBTSTGNC people of color community.  
         
         
 

Janhavi Pakrashi, Communications Coordinator

(212) 463-0342

 

Janhavi (aka DJ Tikka Masala) joins the Audre Lorde Project with the intention of bringing 14 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 the new perspectives required to catalyze growth. 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 make the same spaces where people find their queer identities in community promote self-determination inclusivity.

 
         
         
         
         
 

Our Board

     
         
         
 

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, Board Chair

  Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, currently serves as board chair of The Audre Lorde Project a center for community organizing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color, in the New York City area. Mel is also the Program Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell University. Melanie comes to the ALP Board with experience in ensuring the strategic, programmatic, and operational excellence as well as a deep belief that as long as there are organizations connected to our freedom movements – those organizations must be internally safe, healthy and vibrant spaces, on which movements can rely if they so choose. The diverse skill set Mel brings with them includes curriculum design, facilitation, organizing and direct service within and beyond various marginalized and intersecting communities including current and formerly incarcerated, underground economy involved, LGBTSTGNCI, youth and adults. She has organized and built coalitions in New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Melanie received her B.A. in Politics, Peace and Justice Studies and Philosophy from the University of San Francisco, and their master’s degree from The City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies in Applied Theater. You can catch Mel nerding out on organizational culture, operations, strategy and plotting policies and systems in service of the movement; loving queer black folk; thinking about astrology and social justice; planning her next vacation.  
         
 


 

Kirya Traber, Board Member

  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.  
  Sasha Ahuja