Luan Pertl (no pronoun) is the Finance & Administration Officer of OII Europe. Luan worked for 20 years as finance manager and international value added tax expert in an international company group. After that Luan started working for Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst (Diakonie Refugee Service) in 2016.
In November 2018 Luan started to work for OII Europe. As an intersex person and intersex human rights defender it was an important step for Luan to support the intersex community with Luan’s professional experience. Luan is member of VIMÖ/OII Austria and Co-Chair of Platform Intersex Austria. Luan is a national and international human rights activist since 20 years, an experienced workshop presenter on national and international level for intersex issues, peer-counselor for intersex people, counselor for parents and family members of intersex people.
Crystal is currently involved in various intersex related activities in South Africa. She serves as the Chairperson of Intersex South Africa. As a Black Intersex person, Crystal believes it is essential that the voices of intersex people be heard, and works to ensure that intersex people themselves are centered in conversations and decisions on issues that have a direct impact on their lived experiences. Crystal was part of a group of Intersex Activist that in 2017 took Intersex South Africa (ISSA) out of its dormancy. Crystal is a passionate community servant with the ability to motivate and inspire individuals in identifying their potential to continue and share this passion to serve others.
Tony Briffa (she/her/they/them) is an Executive Director of Intersex Human Rights Australia and Vice President of Intersex Peer Support Australia. She is also the Chair of the ILGA World Intersex Committee. Tony has been a public intersex activist for over 20 years and worked internationally for most of that time. Tony is also a former Mayor in Melbourne, Australia, and a current third term elected city Councillor.
Tony has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome which was identified at birth. Tony was subjected to non-consensual and deferrable surgical and hormonal interventions by doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne when she was an infant and child, in addition to being lied to as an adult by her treating Endocrinologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Tony is a strong advocate on the human rights of children with intersex variations and believes non-consensual surgeries and hormone treatment on children that are deferrable should be held off until the child can decide for themselves what they want for their own bodies.
Tony is also one of the authors of key international intersex statements such as the Darlington Statement (2017) and the Malta Declaration (2013).”
Bria (they/she) identifies as a queer, intersex, masculine presenting black person. Bria works as the Program Coordinator for InterACT, a national intersex advocacy organization that aims to protect intersex youth from harmful practices by advocating for policy changes. Bria started doing intersex advocacy work as a youth member with interACT where they published articles for the ACLU, TeenVogue, and Them Magazine. They were also the first out intersex person to speak about intersex related issues on the steps of the Supreme Court. Bria is passionate about raising awareness for intersex justice as well as racial justice. They hope to inspire other intersex people of color. They earned their Masters in Nonprofit Management/Philanthropy from Bay Path University.
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.
Britt is a queer feminist, born and raised in the American South, with over 10 years of experience working to advance human rights. Britt is committed to supporting a feminist philanthropic model that strives to shift power back to communities and their expertise. After receiving her Master of Public Policy from Duke University, Britt joined Global Fund for Women as the Economic Justice Program Officer, where she managed the portfolio’s grantmaking and supported the organization in developing a climate justice strategy.
Life and work have led Britt to living for extended periods in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Washington, DC, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and now New York City–which feels like a wonderful combination of all of the above. When she’s not working, you can find Britt enjoying a Broadway show, scoring big in pub trivia, or attempting to surf at Rockaway Beach (attempt being the operative word).
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.
Naa Hammond is a Black, African, immigrant, queer femme, and a Senior Program Officer with Groundswell Fund, a public foundation that strengthens U.S. movements for reproductive and social justice. Prior to joining Groundswell, Naa worked in research and communications for Funders for LGBTQ Issues, an organization that works side-by-side with funders and movement organizations to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Naa currently serves on the boards of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Funders for Reproductive Equity. Over the last decade, Naa has worked in development and grassroots fundraising with several U.S. organizations committed to gender, racial and economic justice, including FIERCE, Third Wave Fund, Queers for Economic Justice, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Naa holds two B.As in ‘Social and Cultural Analysis’ and ‘Urban Design and Architecture Studies’ from New York University. She manifests her passion for community healing through her work as an herbalist and a doula-in-training. Naa was born and raised in Zimbabwe, as the child of proud Ghanaian immigrants. She now lives in New York City with her partner.
Alison is a veteran creative director specializing in creative leadership. She has over twenty years experience building and leading large, diverse teams and providing creative strategy, relevant storytelling, and integrated advertising for global businesses, including Barneys New York, Gap, Sony Music, and Crate&Barrel. She has served as representative, business manager, and executive producer for musician and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello since 2006, realizing 250% growth over ten years. Alison is also the founder and creative director of Set Editions, a small design studio that produces a line of text based goods that have garnered a devoted following among celebrities, friends, and politicians, and have been carried in over 300 museums and design shops. She currently consults with artists and brands on defining their mission, strategic development, and creative expression. She works most tirelessly to ensure the creative integrity and equitable representation of independent creative clients. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alison moved to New York to attend Barnard College in 1992 and seems unable to pull herself away.