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TransTech is an incubator for LGBTQ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. At TransTech, we learn and work together to develop skills and value within marginalized LGBTQ communities. TransTech members have access to online community and trainings as well.
She/Her, Los Angeles, CA
From TV to Capitol Hill to the Board Room, Angelica Ross is a name that is recognized for being both a leading figure of success and a source of strength in the movement for Transgender and Racial Equity. Angelica is blazing a trail, kicking open doors, and building a table with ample open seats. Her ultimate goal? To bring economic empowerment to marginalized communities.
Angelica has sky rocketed in the media across multiple mediums including film, television, and new media. With her breakthrough role as “Candy” in Ryan Murphy’s Award-Winning FX hit Pose—which follows NYC’s Black and Latino LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 80’s and early 90’s. Angelica made television history, as the first Trans person to star in two season regular roles consecutively when she joined the American Horror Story franchise in 2019, but she certainly hasn’t stopped there. Keep up with Angelica Ross by visiting MissRoss.com and following her on Instagram @AngelicaRoss and be among the first to know about what’s coming up next.
E.C. Pizarro III
He/Him, Hollywood, FL
E.C. has been a member of the TransTech community since 2017, an award-winning Brand Designer and Digital Artist with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.
As the owner and lead designer for his agency, 1Z2R Design Studio, he uses his talent and skills to brand companies for maximum profit and success. He is also the current National Executive Director & Supreme Webmaster of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity Inc.
By way of Somerset, NJ, E.C. is a forward-thinker and visionary who has a deep connection to the communities TransTech serves and the values we hold. As a professional in the design industry for over 10 years, E.C. is an innovative thinker and passionate about his people and his purpose.
Director, Marketing & Growth Operations
Community Advisory Board Co-Lead
He/Him, Austin, TX
Ronny Parks is a Business Growth & Marketing Strategist currently putting his stamp on the world as the CEO of Growth Secrets Marketing. A marketing agency he created to prioritize businesses that are looked over or taken advantage of by large advertising companies. Ronny’s fire for business began in his youth, but continued to spread wildly into adulthood. What started as making websites and business cards for friends and family turned into a drive for learning how to help spread the word about what they have to offer.
Ronny graduated from Tarleton State with a BS in Psychology & Finance (double major) and worked in the financial field for nearly a decade; pair that with his insane passion for marketing and you get a triple-threat authority that’s unrivaled.
Over the years, Ronny has armed business owners and founders of grassroots organizations across many different industries with strategies and tools designed to help them grow their businesses. While also guiding them through the process of creating systems that will help them amplify their message and expand their reach simultaneously.
Mataoe Aiden James Nevils
Coordinator, Programs & Membership
Community Advisory Board Co-Lead
They/Them, Detroit, MI
Mataoe is a Harm Reduction Specialist who serves their communities in many forms; from advocate to educator and everything in between. Upon completing their degree program in 2018, Mataoe began working with the LGBTQ+ community through health advocacy, community wellness, and clinical support. Through this work, they realized the severe lack of care for Trans and Trans Masculine People, especially centering sex work and sex workers rights.
The experience of balancing both their corporate job and their experiences as a sex worker means that Mataoe is able to connect directly with the need for intentional harm-reducing corporate policies, cultural change in healthcare, and education on sexuality and sexual identity. For their work, Mataoe was recently featured in an article by Decriminalize Sex Work (a national organization with a goal to end the prohibition of consensual adult prostitution).
Mataoe has also spoken on panels for NYTAG (New York Transgender Awareness Group), Decriminalize Sex Work, Refinery29, and VICE on trans awareness and trans-masculine visibility. Their work intentionally centers the lives and experiences of black trans and queer communities.
Community Advisory Board Member
They/He, New York, NY
Marc Kreidler is a web developer at Q.Digital, the leading LGBTQ-owned media company, responsible for Queerty, LGBTQ Nation, Gaycities, and INTO. A self-taught web developer with a background in video and photography, Marc knows that the potential impact of TransTech is huge.
Marc is passionate about making sites that serve a mission and being a good cat dad.
Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board at TransTech Social Enterprises is key to the organization’s growth and success. Each volunteer works closely with the day-to-day team on the execution and planning of the programs we offer for over 2,300 members across the globe.
She/Her, New York, NY
Nikita Washington is a Black Trans UX Designer currently working at Ally, a leading digital financial services company. Transitioning from education to user experience design, Nikita highlights her personal experiences and the challenges she overcame in the hope that it will inspire folx from nontraditional backgrounds to pursue a career in tech.
Charles Aeryn Perry, III
He/Him, Concord, NC
A passionate creative, Aeryn has been building, flipping, and rehabbing brands and digital strategies for the better part of almost 20 years. He enjoys turning thoughts and ideas into tangible experiences for the world to enjoy.
As a catalyst for change, Aeryn has spoken on stages that have transformed lives, developed teams that have done what was once deemed impossible, and is ready to lend his expertise to this amazing organization.
As he always says, there is more to this, and there is more to you. Be Greater. Aim True… Are you ready for change?
She/Her, Brooklyn, NY
Featured on the Startup Podcast, Nasdaq, and Engadget, Madelena is a transgender immigrant woman of color focusing on designing products, user experiences, and user interfaces for more than 15 years with a proven record of accomplishment, with her work featured on NBC News, Engadget, TechCrunch, Wired Magazine, South China Morning Post, and more, as well as awarded by the Mayor’s Office of New York City at NYC Big Apps and by TechCrunch at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.
She is a leader in fostering the next generation of designers and founders in tech with StartupBus, an international startup competition with an alumni network raising $2.8B collectively, and an advocate for diversity and inclusion of transgender and queer folks with StartOut and Impact Hub. She had taught at Startup Institute, lectured at General Assembly, and spoken at various large tech events such as Code for America and Treehouse Festival.
Any pronouns*, Atlanta, GA
West Coast born and raised but Atlanta-based, Christopher Williams has 10 years of experience in genealogical research, brand/cultural marketing, business/communications strategy, and tech/SaaS/government SAFe Agile. Christopher’s work focuses on strategically aligning talents, resources, ideas, and lived experiences of people with the categorical needs of various projects and programs. Christopher is a co-founder of the COWRIE Initiative, a 501c3 that has launched BankBlackUSA.com which provides data on the existing Black founded/owned financial institutions in the United States so that patrons can make informed decisions with their finances while supporting Black institutions. Additionally, Christopher also serves on the Board of Advisors for Beyond Trenches, formerly The Black Inmate Commissary Fund (BICF), a Black women and queer-led mutual-aid organization focused on providing resources to those most affected by the carceral system in the American south. Christopher’s genealogical research focuses on their ancestral homes of Bayou Tech and New Orleans, Louisiana as well as Hermitage, Tennessee.
*Christopher is agender and responds to any pronouns used respectfully.
They/Them, Gladstone, MO
JN Hernández is an Operations Engineer on the Climate Applications Team at Azavea.
Hernández has fifteen years of IT experience across various technical roles, such as senior systems engineer, network engineer, and infrastructure automation engineer. Their career path has enabled them to develop expertise with networking, operating systems, business continuity and disaster recovery (Veritas NetBackup, EMC Avamar), scripting (BASH), programming (Python), infrastructure as code (Terraform, Ansible), CI/CD pipelines (Jenkins), and cloud computing (AWS) – to include earning their AWS Cloud Practitioner certification in August 2022.
Outside of work, Hernández is a passionate advocate and activist for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, having served on the board of directors for the Kansas City Center for Inclusion for 3 years and in 2019 founding Northland Pride – a grassroots organization dedicated to uniting, uplifting, and creating a safer space for the queer community north of the Missouri River.
He/Him, New Jersey
Von is a New Jersey-based activist, community engagement professional, and change-maker. He currently does social/cultural change work through his role at the Drupal Association, through his business, Wasp & Fig – Consulting and Education, as a Steering Committee member for the organization Philadelphia Asian & Queer, and as a board member of GLSEN Philly. He has 6 years of experience in anti-oppression education, and program management, and 4 years experience in organizational development and working on conferences. He has his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from East Carolina University, his Master of Arts in Sociology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a European Minor of Education in an International Perspective from HAN University of Applied Sciences – Nijmegen, NL.
He is passionate about building the tools and processes that people need in order to affect real change in their work and in their lives. He loves working with people at all stages of their anti-oppression journey, and those lightbulb moments are what he lives for.
Christopher (Chris) MacDougall
They/He, Portland, OR
Christopher MacDougall (PMP, TBME, CFM) is a Senior Geospatial Technical Manager and project manager based in Portland, OR.
His 20 years of GIS experience include leading technical teams on mapping and data analysis projects. He uses GIS tools to share complex data with audiences of a wide range of experiences using online media, Story Maps, and data viz.
He places ultimate value on team collaboration and co-creation of solutions that are sustainable for the project and the project team, all of which must consider the challenges and opportunities within current practices of data accessibility, spatial analytics, and machine learning affect humans in the world.
At home, Chris loves to cook and feed friends and chosen-family, and he really appreciates time outside and a good cup of coffee.