Leadership | National Center for Transgender Equality

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Mara Keisling

Mara Keisling (she/her/hers)

Executive Director

Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen (he/him/his)

Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Action

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen is a transgender policy, advocacy, and messaging expert. As a transgender man, his wide-ranging experience in the LGBTQ movement has covered field organizing, leadership development, fundraising, and media advocacy.

Lisa Mottet (she/her/hers)

Deputy Executive Director

As Deputy Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for overseeing the internal functioning of the organization, ensuring its financial health, and facilitating strategy development. Lisa was the first attorney working full-time on transgender rights at the national level in 2001.

Harper Jean Tobin (she/her/hers)

Director of Policy

As Director of Policy, Harper Jean leads NCTE's advocacy with Congress and federal agencies and oversees NCTE's state policy work.

Jami Westerhold (she/her/hers)

Director of Development

As the Director of Development, Jami coordinates all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and sponsorship development at NCTE. She focuses on building relationships and engaging NCTE’s supporters while working with corporate sponsors to develop partnerships.

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