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 digital platform for LGBTQ asylum. LGBTQ asylum seekers can use AsylumConnect as a free one-stop-shop 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 support, education and employment, and more. Nonprofit direct service providers and lawyers also use AsylumConnect to easily gather verified referrals for LGBTQ clients. Since 2016, AsylumConnect has helped over 10,000 unique users connect with verified safe LGBTQ- and asylum-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 Fellow and joined Urban Justice Center’s Social Justice Accelerator.

 
Tweet from October 2018.

Tweet from October 2018.

Video created in November 2018.

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, on-demand STEM tutoring and college counseling to underserved high school students in the U.S. As a current board member, I advise on nonprofit development.