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Staff, Fellows & Interns


Arli Christian

Arli Christian (She, Her)

Policy Counsel

As Policy Counsel Arli is dedicated to improving and expanding access to legal services for trans communities through NCTE’s Trans Legal Services Network and works with state advocates to modernize name change laws, state ID regulations, and birth certificate policies.

Theo George (He, Him)

Online Communications Manager

As the Online Communications Manager, Theo is responsible for maintaining NCTE’s digital properties and growing the organization’s online audience. Theo came to NCTE from Pittsburgh, PA where he worked as a community-based activist, arts manager and musician.

Sandy James (He, Him)

Survey Project Manager

As Survey Project Manager, Sandy James works with a research team to lead the development, fielding, analysis, and presentation of the U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS), the second iteration of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS).

Mara Keisling (She, Her)

Executive Director

Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Lisa Mottet (She, Her)

Deputy Executive Director

As Deputy Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for stewarding the organizations advocacy, fundraising, and communications work and directs our local and state advocacy work. Lisa was the first attorney working full-time on transgender rights at the national level in 2001.

Emily Rainone (She, Her)

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Emily is responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations of NCTE are carried out and that staff have what they need to continue working for transgender rights and equality. She has a Bachelors in Political Science from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.

Ignacio Rivera (They, Them)

Survey Outreach Coordinator

As Survey Outreach Coordinator, Ignacio works with the survey research team to develop and execute an outreach plan that ensures transgender people throughout the country are represented in the 2015 US Trans Survey.

Harper Jean Tobin (She, Her)

Director of Policy

As Director of Policy, Harper Jean coordinates all aspects of advocacy on federal administrative policies and regulations for NCTE and works to provide information for the public about laws and policies that affect transgender people.

Vincent Paolo Villano (He, Him)

Director of Communications

Vincent is NCTE’s Director of Communications, responsible for the organization's communications strategy and brand management.

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