Broden Giambrone (Director)
Broden is a trans activist with over fifteen years’ experience in community organising, activism and capacity building in trans communities. Before joining the ITF, Broden was the Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) for six years. In this position, he took a leadership role in TENI’s high level advocacy and lobbying for the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act 2015, a legal recognition law based on self-determination. Broden also spearheaded TENI’s STAD (Stop Transphobia and Discrimination) campaign which documented violence and discrimination against trans people and raised awareness about transphobia. He is an experienced public speaker and has delivered presentations across the globe and has been published in numerous academic journals and media outlets. Broden has a long record of involvement and leadership in intersectional social justice campaigns related to issues of self-determination, bodily integrity and harm reduction. He holds a Master’s in Public Health (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto, which focused on community development and policy development in the field of trans health.
Mukasa (Program Officer)
Mukasa is a lawyer with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Taxation and Revenue Administration. Through the years in trans activism, he has been passionately committed to empowering vulnerable communities through representation in local, regional and international platforms. Mukasa participated in the organizing and establishment of the International Trans Fund. He has strong experience in forced migration and sexual and gender based violence including advocacy with civil society, capacity building of state actors and engagements with health and legal aid providers. He helped co-found Trans Network Uganda. With an active campaign to an intersectionality approach, Mukasa has been instrumental in mentoring the first sexual and gender non-conforming refugee support group ‘Les Anges’. He has participated in strategic litigation cases, legal reform, proposing an all-inclusive health care system, and accountability for sexual offences.
Jay-René Kouassiaman (Program Associate)
Jay-René Kouassiaman is an African American man of trans experience. He has worked closely with LGBQ and Trans/GNC youth and adults of color for 12+ years, in a variety of roles, including health educator, case manager and community organizer. Jay-René is committed to advancing the inclusion of LGBQ and trans/GNC people in schools and communities, both personally and professionally. He has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Critical Psychology from California Institute for Integral Studies. When not working, Jay-René enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, global travel and off the beaten path adventures, exploring the local art scene, and eating delicious snacks.
Vaito’a Toelupe (Capacity Building Officer)
Vaito’a Toelupe is a proud Fa’afafine from the villages of Malie and Vailele in the Heart of Polynesia, Samoa. She has over ten years’ experience in community and social development, civil
society engagement, resource mobilization, capacity building and advocacy. She has served in both the Government and civil society sector and is the Technical Advisor to the Samoa
Fa’afafine Association (SFA). Before joining the ITF, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP). CSSP is a funding mechanism for coordinating
development funds to civil society in partnership with the Government of Samoa, World Bank, European Union, Government of Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the British High Commission. She also has experience as a Private Consultant under T&T Consult with USAID, UNDP Global Fund, UNFPA, Asia Pacific Forum, Asian Development Bank and the
Pacific Community (SPC). Vaito’a has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Foreign Policies from the University of Auckland and is a fearless custodian of the Fa’afafine
Identity and passionate advocate for indigenous and traditional identities within the global trans movement.
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