Staff

Elle Moxley- Founder and Executive Director

Elle Moxley is an artist, community organizer, speaker, and writer from Columbus, Ohio. She is the Executive Director and Founder of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute and was a co-founding member and former strategic partner of the BLACK Lives Matter Network.  In her role as  interim Organizing Director, she successfully led campaigns such as, “Raise The Debate” and the #SayHerName National Day of Action.  She is credited for organizing the first ever National Day of Action for BLACK Trans Women in 2015 in response to the consecutive murders of BLACK trans women. Prior to founding The Marsha P. Johnson Institute and the BLACK Lives Matter Network, Elle worked for GetEQUAL where she led many campaigns including,  More Than Marriage and Year Without Tamir.
Elle has delivered keynotes and talks at The Movement for BLACK Lives inaugural convening, Harvard University, Columbia University, the Schomburg Center for Research in BLACK Culture, The Public Theatre, and the The National Lawyers Guild.  She has been honored by the Women’s Information Network and BLACK Women’s Blueprint. In 2017, she was named to Essence’s Woke 100 and as one of the most influential African Americans by The Root 100.  Elle’s writing has been published by The CUNY Law Review and Ebony. Her work has also been featured in TIMECNN, MTV, The New York Times, Democracy Now, and more.
Gaylon

Gaylon Alcaraz- Director of Operations

Gaylon, a champion of human rights, comes from a long history of activism and organizing. Among the many of her social justice accomplishments, she served as a founding board member of Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that advocates for the rights of BLACK lesbian and bisexual women in the Chicago land area. She is also a past board member of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Midwest Access Project. For more than twenty five years, she has worked on behalf of sexual minority women, anti-violence, gender equity, health prevention, reproductive rights, as well as race and culture issues.
Gaylon is currently a PhD candidate in Community Psychology at National Louis University. She has received awards from Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Northwest Suburban NOW, Choice USA, Chicago Foundation for Women and Chicago NOW for her work in the reproductive rights/health and justice field. Gaylon is also highlighted in the Chicago Woman Magazine, July/August 2017 as one of “The Fierce 50” and The Chicago Reader as “The Activist” in the 2014 Chicago Reader “People” edition. In 2013, she was inducted into Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Devin Niecy – Director of Programs

For the past 15 years, Devin has been positively consumed with understanding how the intersections of his identity have impacted his life for the better. While navigating tough social systems Devin, a Black, trans, and queer man, has developed a keen sense of awareness and a critical consciousness that motivates him to express and advocate for himself and others. Devin, in the past, founded and developed his own practice and brands to support and empower the liberation of Black trans and queer folx, as they navigate their minds, bodies, and social experiences. Devin has created and cultivated space within nonprofit and larger institutions for communities to see themselves represented while advocating for the redistribution of resources back into Black and trans communities. Devin received his Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and specialized in LGBTQ+ disenfranchised grief, loss, and complex trauma. Devin holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in photography and enjoys traveling, sharing space with the community, and pure unadulterated joy!

Kei Williams – National Organizer

Kei Francis Williams is a queer transmasculine identified organizer, artist, and historian. A founding member and former organizer with BLACK Lives Matter Global Network, the aims of Kei‘s work is to transform the global culture from the individual into a systemic analysis of structural racism. As lead-organizer on campaigns such as No New Jails NYC, Safety Beyond Policing, and Swipe It Forward, Kei uses their platform to bring in the lived experience of those who are BLACK, transgender, queer, and gnc. Currently, Kei is the National Organizer with the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and organizer with Peoples Climate Movement – NY.
Yanett Ramirez

Yanett Ramirez – Executive Assistant

Yanett Ramirez (she/her/her) is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker. She immigrated with her family to Queens, New York City in the early 00s and has always had a pull toward visual mediums, poetry. She graduated in 2014 from CUNY (The City College) with a BFA in Film and Video Production. Her labor background consists of non-profit, documentary, and film/television. She currently lives in NJ with her partner and plants.

Phoebe VanCleefe – COVID Recovery Manager

Phoebe VanCleefe is a subject matter expert on BLACK Queer living disparities and youth collaboration. She is also a singer/songwriter, actor, and community focused counselor. Her healing focused mental health framework centers on personal goals, progresses, and holistic wellness. She is currently the COVID Recovery Manager for MPJI.

Key Scott – COVID Recovery Assistant

Key Scott (they/them) is a Black, queer, non-binary visual artist, healer, and self-proclaimed art-healing coach. They have been passionate about emotional healing and healing through art for the past four years. In 2021, they launched an art healing company called Escape ArtSpace. They are honored to be sharing their healing energy and passion with MPJI and the Black trans community.

Phantazia Washington – COVID Recovery Assistant

Phantazia Washington is a non-binary artist, activist, community educator, and organizer. For over a decade, Phantazia has worked to address disparities facing LGBTQ homeless youth. They have also worked with the Mural Arts Program and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create murals and installations that generate awareness of the barriers that marginalized communities continue to face.

Advisory Board Chair

J Mase III

J Mase III is a BLACK/trans/queer poet & educator that has worked in the US, UK, and Canada on LGBTQIA+ rights and racial justice in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency. His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, BLACK Girl Dangerous, NPR, Blavity, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post, TEDx and more.

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