Simone is a native New Yorker with a passion for gender justice, community mobilization and language learning. She earned a B.A in International Relations and Black Studies from the City College of New York. Upon graduation she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin where she taught English at the middle school level. Outside of work, Simone can be found playing guitar and tending to her various plants.
Kevin Romero brings to Astraea a broad range of experiences from the finance, nonprofit, higher education, and film sectors. Most recently, Kevin served as a member of the Development Operations team at Barnard College where he oversaw the accurate and timely processing of all charitable contributions. With his background in stewardship, donor relations, and development operations, Kevin is enthusiastic about applying his skill set towards operational and database support at Astraea, and is excited for the opportunity to continue his growth as a development professional with the organization. Kevin is a native New Yorker, with Colombian and Puerto Rican roots. He is passionate for all things pertaining to film, has an eclectic taste in music, enjoys the outdoors, museums, and most of all digs anyone with a sense of humor!
Johnnay is a biracial Black lesbian, proudly hailing from Minnesota. Before joining Astraea, she worked in Development at BRIC Arts and Media supporting the Membership team for BRIC Celebrate! Brooklyn and BRIC House. Drawn to Astraea’s compelling mission, she is thrilled to be working at a queer feminist organization that is shifting power to LGBTIQ communities locally and globally.
She holds a B.A. in Communications and Justice and Peace Studies and is passionate about the intersections of art, queerness, and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New York City, marveling at art anywhere she can find it, and giggling.
Sonya Alvarez is the Associate Director of Individual Giving at the Astraea Foundation. She joins Astraea with 20 years of non-profit development experience most notably with the ACLU. A first generation American-Latina born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, Sonya brings a lifelong passion for social, racial and economic justice and is excited to grow personally and professionally in Astraea’s radical feminist space.
In addition to her eagerness to grow and learn, Sonya can regularly be found taking art classes and knitting. Sonya currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with two cats, Jerry and George and a dog, Mary.
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.
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.