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.
He is also the Creative Director of his design firm, 1Z2R and the founder of Marsha’s Web (a resource directory for TLGBQIA+ communities, that centers BIPOC Transgender, Intersex, and GNC business owners/organizations). Recently honored as The Out100, Out magazine’s greatest and most well-known tradition: a prestigious compilation of the year’s most impactful and influential LGBTQ+ people.
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 12 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.
Coordinator, Programs & Membership
Community Advisory Board Co-Lead
Mataoe Aiden James Nevils
They/Them, Atlanta, GA
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 self-taught web developer with a background in video and photography. Marc’s current position as the web developer at Q.Digital, a leading LGBTQ-owned media company, responsible for Queerty, LGBTQ Nation, Gaycities, and INTO, was a position that TransTech helped them secure.
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.
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.
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.
They/Them, Gladstone, MO
JN Hernández (they/them/theirs) 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. They are honored to serve on the 2022 TransTech Community Advisory Board and eager to support the organization any way they can.
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.
Mike is an IT Application Analyst with focus on accessibility and automation. His goals involve making technology more inclusive and available so historically excluded communities can access more tools to mobilize, uplift each other, create space, and thrive.
He loves his family and friends and is a proud parent of many animal babies, including a frog, dog, and cats. He enjoys spending time in nature, playing games, programming, gardening, and creating music and art.