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Staff

Morey Riordan

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Founding Director

Morey has been involved in HIV activism and work for over 25 years. He has served as the Executive Director of four nonprofit organizations, including Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) and the Sperm Bank of California, a feminist sperm bank focused primarily on LGBT family creation. Morey led the effort to become the first fully-licensed sperm bank in the US to accept gay men as sperm donors, despite stigma-driven opposition from the FDA and other regulators.

 

He served as Vice President of Access & Innovation at AIDS United and managed several national grantmaking initiatives for nearly seven years. Following this, Morey became Principal at Riordan Strategies, working as a consultant to funders and community-based organizations focused on creating a more just and equitable world. Currently, Morey continues to consult with several funders and is also the Founding Director of the Transgender Strategy Center.

Aryah Lester

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Deputy Director

Aryah Lester, a nationally-awarded author, speaker, and educator, is a woman of trans experience from New York living in Washington DC.

 

Aryah is an Advisory Board member of Unity Coalition (UC|CU), and is also national Board Chair of STARR - the nation’s first transgender organization, which was founded by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Aryah founded Trans-Miami while sustaining the work of her organization, the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She speaks with universities as a guest lecturer, and is a consultant with government agencies such as the Department of Justice and Homeland Security.

 

Aryah has received many awards and her work is featured in numerous national articles; recently, and has worked at NMAC. Aryah has received many awards and her work is featured in numerous national articles; recently, she was inducted into the national Trans100 list. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of Transgender Strategy Center.

Reagin Wiklund

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Associate

Reagin Wiklund is an Associate for TSC where he supports in the operations and administration of programs and initiatives.

Reagin has worked as a consultant for initiatives and organizations that focus on improving health outcomes for transgender individuals. He partnered with Riordan Strategies to manage an Elton John AIDS Foundation initiative focused on improving health outcomes for transgender people and black gay and bisexual men. Reagin also worked at Fenway Health on a HRSA funded initiative, aiming to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.

He holds a certificate of Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, with a business degree in Supply Chain Management and Management. He was awarded an Emerging Leadership Award at the National Transgender Visibility March in September 2019 and was a POZ 100 2019 Honoree, for POZ Magazine’s 10th annual POZ 100, celebrating TGNCNB advocates who are making a difference in the fight against the HIV/AIDS.

Faculty

Jordan Blaza Olsen

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Jordan Blaza Olsen, an experienced public health advisor and healthcare services professional, has worked in the HIV/AIDS, and health and wellness industry since 1996. She believes that a genuine interest in the well-being of others is key to accomplishing many things, regardless of available resources. Jordan was a CDC Price Fellow for HIV Prevention Leadership, a member of the HHS Leadership Campaign on AIDS’ Transgender Forum, and a founding member of UCSF’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. She is skilled in trainings, material and program development, technical assistance, working with health organizations and in city, state and federal advocacy. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science degree focused in Public Health from Walden University.

Special Advisor

Cecilia Chung

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Cecilia is the Senior Director of Strategic Projects at the Transgender Law Center and is nationally recognized as an advocate for human rights, social justice, health equity, and LGBT equality. She was the former Chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and is currently serving on the city’s Health Commission. Cecilia has been working tirelessly on the local, national and international levels to improve access to treatment for transgender people and people living with HIV, and to erase stigma and discrimination through education, policy, advocacy, and visibility. Cecilia has served on the Board of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)and is a member of the Positive Women’s Network USA. She is the founder of Positively Trans, a national advisory group of transgender people living with HIV (who are primarily trans people of color). Cecilia has received numerous awards throughout in recognition of her work for the transgender community. She currently serves on the AIDS United Board of Trustees.

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