Colin Dillon, Name Change Project Intake Assistant

Colin Dillon 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. Colin 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.

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AC Dumlao, Name Change Project Coordinator

AC Dumlao leads the Name Change Project and Community Education at TLDEF. AC is a queer trans non-binary first-generation Filipino-American advocate and educator focused on uplifting underrepresented folks and centering their experiences of intersectional oppressions. AC is also passionate about raising awareness and ending the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In 2017, AC was profiled by NBC Asian America for the inaugural "Redefine A to Z" list of AAPI emerging voices. AC has guest edited for the QTPOC publication EFNIKS.COM, been published by The Huffington Post, Autostraddle, and Wear Your Voice Magazine, and been quoted by INTO, Business Insider,, and The Root. AC volunteers on Afterwork Theater's "Strike-A-Chord" Core committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Previous to TLDEF, AC worked in digital advertising at the consulting firm M+R with top progressive non-profits including Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC). AC is also the director and co-producer of the award-winning one-person feminist play Post Traumatic Super Delightful (PTSD). 

AC graduated from Vassar College. They are also an alum of The Center's José Esteban Muñoz Mentoring Program, GenSexNYC, The Welcoming Committee, and Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater. 

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Dolph Goldenburg, Interim Executive Director

Dolph Ward Goldenburg provides staff leadership for TLDEF while the search for a new Executive Director is underway. Goldenburg has a track record of guiding organizations through leadership transitions and provides stability while they undergo change.  In addition to being a trained and experienced interim executive,  Goldenburg has served many LGBTQ organizations as a consultant, was the executive director of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community center, and served as the executive director of an HIV supportive housing agency in Georgia.

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Tabytha Gonzalez, Office Manager

Tabytha Gonzalez is TLDEF's office manager, providing operational support and reasonable accomadations for TLDEF's civil rights advocacy work. She attended Berkeley College for business management. She brings a strong passion for serving the trans and LGBT community to her work. 

Tabytha has robust ties to community activism. She is a member of The Network, a coalition founded in 1994 and administered by The Center, consisting of 54 LGBT-specific and LGBT-supportive nonprofit organizations that provide care to LGBT New Yorkers and their families. She is also a member of the TGNC Institute Sub-Committe for In Our Own Voices.  She has worked with the deaf and hearing impaired community and is fluent in American Sign Language. Tabytha appeared in The White Shirt Project, a campaign highlighting mental health awareness for the LGBTQ community. She is a liaison for Exponents, a New York nonprofit organization compassionately dedicated to serving those impacted by HIV/AIDS, substance use, incarceration and behavioral health challenges. She also volunteers with Destination Tomorrow, serving the LGBTQ community in the South Bronx, and Community Kinship Life (CK Life), creating support for the New York transgender community

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Alice Gorelick, Development Assistant

Alice Gorelick is TLDEF’s Development Assistant. She has worked with multiple non-profit New York City theaters in Audience Development and Marketing and is happy to use her experience to help end discrimination against transgender people and be a better advocate. Alice also volunteers through Stella Adler Studio’s Outreach program to teach transgender prisoners acting. Alice graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in English and Theater Arts.

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Donna Levinsohn, Senior Staff Attorney

Donna Levinsohn joined the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund as Senior Staff Attorney ​o​n September 5, ​2017. Donna has more than 30 years of experience practicing civil litigation in New York City, specializing in the fields of commercial litigation and employment litigation in both state and federal courts. Most recently, she was Counsel at Warshaw Burstein, LLP, and was previously New York Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP).  She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Donna has a longstanding commitment to furthering the cause of LGBT rights in general and transgender rights in particular, as shown by her decade of work on the LGBT Rights Committee and the Sex and Law Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York.  Among other things, she participated in those committees' preparation of Bar Association reports on the proposed trans-inclusive federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, on the proposed modernization of requirements for changing gender designations on New York State birth certificates, and (jointly with  Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign) proposing transgender-affirming hospital policies which would facilitate equal access to quality health care for transgender patients.  Donna also served for a year on the board of LeGaL (the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York). 

Donna is extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity to join TLDEF, allowing her to work full-time to further the interests of the community through impact litigation.

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