Sopio (Poppy) Pruidze

Poppy is a queer feminist activist born in Tbilisi, Georgia. They majored in film and worked as a scriptwriter at the Georgian Public Broadcaster for little over 8 years. Their activism started with an Independent Group of Feminists, an autonomous group of activists in Tbilisi, and continued with the Georgian Public Broadcaster as a Chair of the Labor Rights Committee. After moving to the U.S., Poppy continued their activism through their work with The Public Outreach Fundraising and the Foundation for a Just Society which led them to work with Astraea. Other than their work and activism, Poppy enjoys playing musical instruments, watching anime, playing video games and snuggling with their cats.

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox is Astraea’s VP, Programs and has been a long-time supporter of Astraea and grassroots, feminist LBTQI movements. In her previous role, Rebecca was the Senior Program Officer on the SOGIE team at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. In that position, she coordinated grantmaking on a variety of issues related to increasing the rights of and improving the lived experiences of LGBTI people. Formerly, she was Executive Director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health and an adjunct professor of human sexuality at George Washington University. Rebecca currently serves on the Steering Committee on the International Trans Fund and was previously board chair at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Rebecca’s other board membership experiences include those of Choice USA, Generations Ahead, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner, Meghan, and her not quite feral cat, Birdie Noodle. She is a women’s record holder for powerlifting in New York State.

*Rebecca will officially be starting in her position on August 1, 2021*

Raven Maldonado

As a licensed mental health counselor, Raven Maldonado has over 15 years of experience providing counseling to children, adults, and families in both community-based and private practice settings as well as over a decade experience developing and facilitating training for both students and staff development.  Raven has also managed diversity, equity, and inclusion projects aimed at fostering individual and behavioral change as well as advocating for large-scale organizational improvements.  Raven brings a passion for relationship-building, personal development, and culture change to her role at Astraea and is excited to be a part of such a committed, values-driven organization. When not working, Raven enjoys spending time with her family, visiting nature preserves, or watching a good thriller or comedy.

Elisabeth McCarren

Elisabeth is a human rights advocate with a passion for gender justice, community-led development and LGBTQ+ equality. She joins Astraea after completing a Bachelor’s degree from American University’s School of International Service with concentrations in Justice, Ethics and Human Rights and Global Inequality and International Development.

Kayla McMillen

Kayla McMillen is a graduate from The New School where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Media. They are based in Brooklyn, New York and have a passion for food security, food sovereignty, and social justice. In their free time Kayla enjoys learning about horticulture and gardening! After a few years of working in the non profit realm, Kayla is excited to grow personally and professionally at Astraea.

Senda Ben Jebara

Senda Ben Jebara is a queer feminist from Tunisia, currently based in Montreal,QC, Canada. She has been involved in political organizing and in feminist and queer movements for the past 10 years. She sat on the board of ‘Chouf’ and ‘Mawjoudin’, two LGBTQI+ organizations based in Tunisia, and co-organized The International Feminist Art Festival – Chouftouhonna and the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival. Senda is a firm believer in intersectionality and has been involved in several projects across the Middle East and North Africa focusing on LGBTQI+ rights as well as migrant and refugee rights. She worked with FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund where she focused on online learning and in supporting young feminist organizing in South West Asia and the North Africa region and consulted with Article19 on LGBTQI+ research projects. She is passionate about cooking and discovering new cuisines.

Lariza Fonseca

Lariza is a Mexican queer feminist, and a vegetarian endlessly trying to become vegan. She has been part of or supported LGBTIQ and/or feminist organizations since 2005. She co-founded and was the editor of Frijolero [Beaner], a print newspaper from and for young artists. Frijolero sort to re-appropriate the derogatory word “beaner” to embrace the power of creativity among Mexican youth. She has written for Elemento, Animal Político and Vivir en Tlatelolco. She collaborated with Fundación Arcoíris por el Respeto a la Diversidad Sexual to bring about the ILGA World Conference that took place in Mexico City in 2014. She also worked with the feminist organization Leadership Institute Simone de Beauvoir, and the Central America and Mexico Youth Fund at the Seattle International Foundation, to support youth activists and improve the collective care of human rights defenders in the region. Lariza has a BSc in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Master´s degree in Disaster Management from the University of Copenhagen. She was part of the 2019 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States. The latest closet she came out of is being a feminist witch, and is happy to share her intuitive powers to co-create communities in which we can be and love in complete acceptance.

Simone Jones

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

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 Leenay

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.