Colin Dillon, Program Associate
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, Program Manager
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. 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 featured by Allure Magazine, been published by The Huffington Post, Broadly (VICE), and Autostraddle, and been quoted by INTO, Business Insider, Mic.com, and The Root. AC volunteers on Afterwork Theater's "Strike-A-Chord" Core committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Previous to TLDEF, AC worked 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 (JEM) 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 serves on The Network Advisory Body as a Co-Chair of the TGNC Advocacy Committee. 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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Noah E. Lewis, Interim Staff Attorney
Noah E. Lewis, Esq. 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.
Zephyr Merkur Herrera, Name Change Project Intern
Zephyr Merkur Herrera is a Name Change Project Intern through the Brooklyn Community Pride Path's Internship Program. Zephyr is a Non-Binary Trans Advocate white passing person of color. They have worked at Grand Street Settlement as a Peer Advocate organizing events, creating workshops, and curating a Youth LGBTQ+ Summit. They have presented at the Queer and Trans People of Color Conference and done local trainings for peers and supervisors. Zephyr is very excited to be working at TLDEF in helping trans folks gain better access to employment and safety.