Farhat Rahman is a transmasculine & non-binary Muslim media maker, writer & curator from Bangladesh who invests their care and energy into advocating for trans and gender-expansive youth and communities of color. They work within the field of philanthropic communications and development and their creative and activism work is driven by interrogations on gender, queerness, geography and religion. Farhat is also the creator of Moving Genders NYC, a film festival that showcases works by diasporic queer and trans filmmakers of color, and an organizer with several NYC-based grassroots groups. Their hobbies include reading liberatory books, trying out new cooking recipes and breaking the gender binary.
Nachale Boonyapisomparn, known as Hua, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organizations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organizations to international organizations and networks.
Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of several transgender organizations – locally, nationally in Thailand, and internationally. Hua was the first transgender program supervisor of Sisters, a program under the supervision of Population Services International (PSI Thailand); one of the founding members of the Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights (TGA), and the first coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). Before joining us at Astraea, she worked with Apicha Community Health Center in New York City as their Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Health Advisor.
Douglas Black is excited to join Astraea as the Chief Financial Officer. Douglas comes with over 20 years of community based and International nonprofit leadership, particularly, internal controls, compliance and reporting.
Prior to Astraea, Douglas was the VP, Finance and Administration for Effie Worldwide, a nonprofit that specializes in marketing effectiveness. Previously, Douglas served as the CFO for IMA World Health, an international NGO that specializes in health and healing in vulnerable countries in Africa. During his tenure, Douglas was a strategic advisor to the CEO and was responsible for a complex mix of US and Non-US funding that led to significant growth and change for the organization. Prior to IMA World Health, Douglas served as the CFO for Easter Seals, DC VA MD, a nationally known nonprofit that serves adults and children with lifelong disabilities. Douglas was a strategic partner with the CEO that led the organization through a capital campaign, new program growth initiatives that served acute conditions for the disabled and military and veterans services.
Douglas holds a BSBA in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida. When Douglas is not working, he enjoys theatre, racquetball, and volunteer activities.
Terez Thorpe is a native New Yorker and accomplished administrator and operations director with more than thirty (30) years of experience setting up systems and working with Non-Profit Organizations, privately and publicly funded organizations, and international programs. She’s a civil and human rights activist with a specialized area in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, homeless/runaway youth, HIV/AIDS Services and women’s rights.
Some of her career highlights include developing national and international outreach programs for runaway/homeless and trafficked youth. Her work helped launch a nation wide crisis intervention hotline for youth under twenty-one years of age. Terez implemented and operated New York City’s first funded Runaway and Crisis Youth Congregate Care Facility with a twenty-four hour open intake modality. Here is where she honed her skill set as a Crisis Intervention Specialist fighting Human trafficking via victim protection in a residential setting.
With a passionate belief that access to safe and affordable housing should be a birth right, it was a natural next step becoming a Director of Supportive Housing overseeing a large portfolio of singles and families living with HIV/ AIDS. Terez worked very closely with the transgender community to provide safe and affordable housing, legal and access to medical services. A relentless activist, Terez organized to successfully identify and change discriminatory policies and practices in New York City shelters for transgender young adults. She also worked to implement LGBTQI+ sensitivity training within the New York City Police Department.
Terez is a GLAAD Media Award , UFC L.I.F.E Award and Black Pride Trailblazer Award recipient respectively. She is a Brand Ambassador for the International LGBT Arts and Culture Music Festival. Terez currently sits on the board of the Emancipation Foundation using her voice and platform to raise awareness and eradicate human trafficking.
Terez is excited for this next chapter in her career and working with Astraea Foundation. She resides in New York with her wife and their two fur babies, Mz. Kitty and their dog Brave.
Kerry Ashforth joined the Astraea Foundation in 2019 as Interim Director of Programs. He has worked for over 25 years to protect and promote the human rights of gender and sexual minorities, including by increasing resources dedicated to supporting transgender and intersex communities and issues. Most recently, he managed the Global Equality Fund (GEF), a public-private partnership housed at the U.S. Department of State. With more than 20 government, corporate, and NGO partners, the GEF supports advocates and allies dedicated to protecting and defending the human rights and fundamental freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons around the world. Prior to his work with the GEF, Kerry served as a grants and knowledge manager at the Arcus Foundation, and as an international philanthropy and corporate social responsibility associate at American Express. His work as a community organizer started in Massachusetts, through then-Governor William Weld’s Safe Schools Program, where he facilitated anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia trainings for thousands of students and faculty members at schools across the state. He also served as Student Pride Coordinator at GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, helping to strengthen a national network of student activists. Kerry recently completed a sabbatical year, where he studied professional pastry arts at the International Culinary Center. He holds a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition from New York University, and a M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The New School University.
Sandra Nathan is excited to be joining Astraea as Interim Executive Director for the next 9-12 months, leading the organization through a transition period. During this period, Sandy will work with the Board and staff laying the groundwork for the next permanent Executive Director.
Sandra comes to Astraea with extensive executive leadership experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as Principal and CEO for Apodictic Consultants, providing strategic consulting and transitional leadership to philanthropic institutions, nonprofits and government with an equity and social justice lens. Most recently, she served as the Interim Executive Director for Philanthropy Southwest, providing transitional and strategic leadership, enabling the organization to successfully position itself for new leadership and growth, and deepen its commitment to equity.
Prior to starting her consultancy, Sandra served as Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Community Investment for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) in Tucson. There she was chief strategist for the foundation’s grantmaking, community investment opportunities and led the organization’s use of diverse capital streams. She also oversaw the work of CFSA’s affiliated partner organizations, including the African American Initiative, the Alliance (LGBTQ) Fund, the Latino Giving Circle, and the Santa Cruz Community Foundation.
Prior to that, Sandra was the Vice President of Grants and Loans at the Marin Community Foundation, where she oversaw grantmaking for the Buck Trust, an endowment of over $900 million. She oversaw grantmaking in excess of $20 million annually, all in support of MCF’s strategic initiatives, community grants, and loans.
Sandra’s background also includes executive leadership in nonprofits at the national and local levels. She served as Executive Vice President for the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC; as Regional Director for AARP in Dallas, Texas; and Washington Director for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Sandra has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of San Diego, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from National University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Christian Education. She also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Harvard Business School.
With a passion for board service, Sandra serves on the Board of Directors of Northern California Grantmakers, UC Berkeley Pacific School of Religion, the Tohono Chul Park Foundation, Equality Arizona, and provides pro bono consultant support to Tucson Senior Pride.
Kyli comes to Astraea with a background in grassroots social justice movements, art, and dance. She is grateful to have learned alongside folks at The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), a comprehensive trauma-informed leadership and physical empowerment organization based in Brooklyn, NY that centers the needs and power of folks who experience intersecting identity-based oppression and interpersonal violence. After building strength in CAE’s programs, she spent five years there growing into roles spanning development (with an emphasis on government funding), communications, office administration, and data manipulation. She holds a BFA in Dance with a minor in Gender Studies from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her work supporting grantmaking at Astraea, she makes and performs dance-based work throughout NYC and abroad. She is originally from Alaska.