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.