AsylumConnect

Co-Founder & President / July 2014 - Present

I’m co-founder and president of tech nonprofit AsylumConnect. I’ve led AsylumConnect for 5 years in establishing the first and only digital platform for LGBTQ asylum. AsylumConnect’s free resource website and app connects users with verified LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly services in the United States, Canada and Mexico. LGBTQ asylum seekers use the app as a free digital one-stop-shop referral site to meet their needs in all aspects of their lives, including where it is safe to go for help with: housing, legal, food, medical, mental health, community, education and employment. Lawyers and other direct service providers also use AsylumConnect to gather verified referrals for LGBTQ clients. Since 2016, the app has connected over 11,000 unique users with verified LGBTQ- and immigrant-friendly services in the U.S. When AsylumConnect reaches scale, there should never be a time when someone does not know where it is safe to go for help due to their LGBTQ identity or immigration status.

For my work on AsylumConnect, I was selected as the winner of MCC15’s Millennium Peace Prize at the UN and the Business Today Impact Challenge (2015), named to the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Alumni Honor Roll of social innovators and a Mogul Influencer (2017), and a Washington Post’s WP BrandStudio Influencer (2018). In 2019, I became a Roddenberry Foundation’s Roddenberry Fellow and joined Urban Justice Center’s Social Justice Accelerator.

 

NowThis video feature (June 2019).

Tweet from October 2018.

Tweet from October 2018.

#YouBelong original video (June 2019).

Video produced by the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) team, April 2016. I provided voice over. 

Major Awards Won for AsylumConnect

 

 

UPchieve 

Co-Founder & Board Member / July 2016 - Present

In July 2016, I co-founded a second tech nonprofit, UPchieve. UPchieve is an ed-tech nonprofit providing free, online, on-demand STEM tutoring and college counseling to low-income high school students in the U.S. I currently serve on the UPchieve board of directors.