Board of Directors
Tony is a multi-issue community builder working and living within an anti-oppression and harm reduction framework. Most recently, Alvarado-Rivera completed his tenure at Broadway Youth Center as the Mentor Program Coordinator. Additional experience includes work with the groundbreaking About Face Youth Theatre and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York. Tony is currently working as the Coordinator of Youth Programs at Chicago Freedom School.
Avi Bowie - Secretary
Avi Bowie, LCSW (they/them) is a proud Chicago native born and raised and currently residing in Humboldt Park. Avi’s passion lies in working toward the collective healing and liberation of all historically marginalized groups and individuals through the processes of cultivating compassion, building community, and developing innovative and creative education, advocacy, and healing tools. Avi’s expertise lies in the areas of non-profit management, program development and evaluation, youth homelessness, childhood trauma, mindfulness awareness, racial justice and equity, and LGBTQ+ health. Currently, Avi works as a therapist at IntraSpectrum Counseling, conducts research on Sexual Minority Women’s Health with the University of Illinois Chicago, and is the Officer of Training and Curriculum for Morten Group, a national Chicago-based consulting firm.
K. Tajhi Claybren
K. Tajhi (she/her) is a black trans femme born in Detroit but raised in rural North Carolina. She attended the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago for her Master of Arts (AM) in Social Service Administration with an emphasis on Clinical Social Work. She is committed to supporting the healing, self-actualization and mental wellness of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) LGBTQ communities, especially Black trans women and femmes. She has previously organized with the Black Trans Gender Non-Conforming Collective (BTGNC), as well as other organizations. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Therapy Services at the Broadway Youth Center, the youth services department at Howard Brown Health.
Phoenix Forbes, M.Ed. (they/them) is a Human Services Caseworker providing public assistance to low-income residents of Chicago. In their commitment to the service of others, Phoenix works from a place of love with a strong passion for securing justice for all peoples. Throughout Phoenix’s career, they garnered experience fundraising via various events; from a 70’s themed dance supporting a returned refugee community in Guatemala to coordinating the annual HIV/AIDS Run/Walk team fundraiser at Legal Assistance Foundation. Phoenix is a trained educator who has taken on diverse roles as social justice workshop facilitator, English/Spanish language instructor, and youth workforce development specialist. Beyond the World of Work™, Phoenix enjoys making art, practicing yoga, and spending too much time watching geeky TV shows.
Charles Long is a Chicago based multi-disciplinary artist, activist and Black liberationist. He has worked in communities across the United States with poor, disabled, young, LGBT, currently/formerly active drug users and formerly homeless folk. Charles has worked in all realms of the social justice arena doing everything from; direct service provision, lobbying, development, communications and direct action. He uses that background to inform both his artistic and movement work with a particular lens of Black, Queer Feminist perspectives that naturally create space for growth rooted in true freedom. He is currently the Resource Table Coordinator for the Movement for Black Lives.
Joy Messinger - Treasurer
Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As a Program Officer at the Third Wave Fund, she manages a $1M rapid response, capacity building, and general operating support grantmaking portfolio of youth-led gender justice activism, organizing, and community mobilization organizations and leads the fund's philanthropic advocacy efforts within the Funders for Reproductive Equity network. Before joining Third Wave, she spent more than a decade as a youth worker, sexuality educator, social worker, and birth doula with reproductive justice, health, education, and social justice groups in the Northeast, South, and Midwest. Joy is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and community educator on race, gender, sexuality, adoption, and nonprofit operations and management. When she's not working, Joy spends time reading, cooking, gardening, learning about herbal medicine, and soaking up Chicago's short but beautiful summers.
Allie Stephens - Co-Chair
Allie Stephens is a nationally recognized composer, music producer, singer and songwriter who has composed music for over 500 national TV commercials and 100 feature length documentaries and independent films. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, their days are spent exploring the intersection of music & film, with an emphasis on the cultural role of music. This fascination has led to their current work as a founding member of the Chicago Podcast Collective. Allie identifies as trans-feminine and ‘gender-mobile.’
Terrie Sullivan - Co-Chair
Terrie is an attorney, specializing in corporate and appellate litigation. Her law practice encompasses representing non-profit organizations in connection with Board governance and structure. Originally from the Mission District of San Francisco, California, Terrie is a reverse transplant, arriving in Chicago in 2014. With her primary education in Urban Planning and affordable housing development and financing, Terrie’s advocacy incorporates equitability, justice, and access to what she believes are fundamental human rights: housing, education, healthcare, and economic participation and inclusion for historically oppressed and marginalized groups. Her interests include research and writing about financial literacy as an aspect of economic equitability and community fortification. She also enjoys reading and educating herself on cognitive-emotional development and healing from trauma.