David Brown, Legal Director
David Brown (he / him / his) is a long-time civil rights attorney who brings a lifetime of dedication to justice and equity, and over a decade's worth of litigation experience, to TLDEF's legal work. He has led teams challenging state and federal restrictions on abortion and contraceptive access in state and federal courts throughout the nation, including the United States Supreme Court; represented transgender and non-binary clients in groundbreaking civil rights litigation; and participated in numerous asylum cases.
Most recently, he was a co-founder of the Lawyering Project, an organization dedicated to advancing reproductive healthcare access through an intersectional approach to challenging state-imposed restrictions on abortion and other care. He has also served as an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights and practiced with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Before becoming a lawyer, he was an LGBTQ activist and human rights grant maker in Central American and Mexico. David graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Pomona College.
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Alejandra Caraballo, Staff Attorney
Alejandra Caraballo (she / her / hers) previously served as the Staff Attorney of the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group where she represented clients in a variety of civil legal matters such as immigration, family law, name and gender marker changes, and anti-discrimination litigation. Alejandra currently serves as the Secretary of the LGBTQ Rights Committee of the New York Bar Association and as a Board Member of the Translatina Network. Alejandra was appointed as the first openly trans community board member in Brooklyn and currently serves as the Housing Committee Chair. Alejandra received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she externed in the Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy (HELP) clinic and the Safe Harbor Asylum Law clinic. Alejandra received her B.A. in Government and World Affairs with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Tampa. In her spare time, Alejandra can be found playing guitar, creating electronic music, and brewing beer.
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Molly Dillon, Program Associate
Molly Dillon (they / them / theirs) comes to the TLDEF Name Change Project with a background in housing advocacy and harm reduction. They hold a BA in sociology from NYU and a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College. They have worked extensively with organizations that provide syringe access services and information about safer drug use practices, as well as assistance securing housing and vital social services. Molly is also passionate about supporting queer and trans prisoners. For many years, they have organized letter writing events, call-ins, and legal assistance fund drives for incarcerated LGBTQIA individuals. They are overjoyed to join TLDEF in providing support for trans people and advocating for transgender rights.
AC Dumlao, Program Manager
AC Dumlao (they / them / theirs) is a transgender non-binary first-generation Filipino-American activist. As Program Manager at TLDEF, they manage The Name Change Project, which connects TGNCNB (transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary) people with lawyers providing pro bono representation during the legal name change process. Additionally, AC leads TLDEF’s community education initiatives and is the lead trainer for trans cultural competency presentations and workshops.
In 2019, AC was named a NYC/WorldPride Community Hero by Heritage of Pride, during the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Uprising. They were recently seen at The Wing for an advance screening/talkback with Lisa Ling for the CNN Original Series’ episode “This is Life with Lisa Ling: Gender Fluidity.” Their non-binary advocacy work and words have been featured by ABC News Live, NBC Asian America, Allure, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, Business Insider, Vice Media, and more.They've received honors by Parity and the New York State Comptroller. AC graduated from Vassar College, and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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Noah E. Lewis, Interim Senior Staff Attorney
Noah E. Lewis, Esq. (he / him / his) is the founder and executive director of Transcend Legal a national, New York City-based organization focused on eliminating barriers to insurance coverage for transgender-related health care.
Noah previously worked for the Transgender Law Center, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as the staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund for five years. His work there included leading-edge impact litigation and policy work in areas such as identity documents, health care, and public accommodations. He went on to create and run a solo law practice serving transgender clients.
Noah is the Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee and is a past recipient of the Committee’s Arthur S. Leonard Award recognizing compelling commitment to LGBT equality through the law.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Noah is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School. There he was awarded the Dean's Award for Community Leadership and also worked successfully to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.
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Andy Marra, Executive Director
Andy Marra (she / her / hers) is executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). Prior to TLDEF, she spent five years leading external communications at the Arcus Foundation; managed public relations at GLSEN, a national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy currently serves on two boards including Freedom for All Americans and Just Detention International. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Andy has been honored by the White House and the City of New York for her contributions to the LGBTQ community, profiled in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “Most Compelling LGBT People.” She is also a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Award, NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.
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Aubrey Schuster, Operations Manager
Aubrey Schuster, (she / her / hers) TLDEF’s Operations Manager, is a former small business owner from Western Pennsylvania who’s spent the last several years working in operations for Wyndham International, one of the world’s leading hotel companies. She has a Bachelors Degree in Advertising from West Virginia University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
In 2014 Aubrey became the first associate hired to launch TransTech Social Enterprises in Chicago, where she helped design and administer programming used by trans community members to learn graphic design and web development skills, as well as to connect to employment opportunities nationwide.
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Sue Lee Troutman, Director of Development
Sue Lee K. Troutman (she/her/hers) is a senior development professional with almost 17 years of nonprofit fundraising experience working with social justice organizations in New York City. She has led individual giving efforts at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National LGBTQ Task Force, and served as development director for other gender, racial, and labor justice missions. For the past three years, Sue Lee has worked as an independent fundraising consultant, providing strategic fundraising support to several organizations, including Global Action Project, which develops the media-based organizing capacities of youth from low-income, immigrant, and TLGBQ communities. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and UCLA.
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