Winnie Shen joins Astraea with a background in tenant organizing and experience working in New York State government. A believer of the importance of language justice and the necessity for public resources to be readily accessible, she volunteers in her community as a Chinese translator and interpreter. She graduated CUNY Hunter College with Bachelors in Political Science and Chinese and is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning at New York University. In her spare time, she likes to explore open data sets and to see what stories can be told from them.
Bio: Yeleen joins Astraea’s Programs team with a background in organizing Asian immigrant communities in New York City for housing justice and language access. After completing her organizing fellowship at CAAAV, she joined their fundraising committee where she developed an interest in grassroots fundraising and radical resource mobilization. Prior to Astraea, Yeleen fundraised for GrubStreet, an arts non-profit based in Boston. As a queer North Carolinian at heart, Yeleen is excited to support Astraea’s grantmaking for US-based LBT movements, especially those rooted in the South. In her spare time, she creates zines about gas stations and family, bakes and cooks things, and helps run @blmtranslate.kr on Instagram, a page for translating resources to advance Black liberation from English to Korean.
Mikail 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. Mikail is also the creator of Moving Genders NYC, a film festival that showcases works by qtpoc filmmakers, 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.
Sophie Kreitzberg joined Astraea from Barnard College, where she earned a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. While at Barnard, Sophie was a research assistant at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and an organizer with Barnard/Columbia Jewish Voice for Peace and Columbia University Apartheid Divest. She is now a member of Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC and lives in Brooklyn.
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.