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Cleopatra Jach Acquaye, Interim Co-Executive Director

Cleopatra Jach aka Cleopatra From The Bronx (Sir/Her) is Black Multi-Gender Queer who was born, raised, and lived in The Bronx, New York for 28 years. As a first-generation-born child of Ghanaian immigrants, education and access has always been a huge focus for Cleopatra life and she aims to make both priority issues in all areas of her life.

Born and raised in the US South, Maxwell Scales (he/they) has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 18 years. He most recently served as the Audre Lorde Project’s Co-Director, focusing on resource organizing and financial sustainability, and at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, as the Director of Development and Finance, managing institutional funding and daily financial operations. Maxwell has nearly 15 years of experience as a professional fundraiser, including development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), focusing on events, planned giving, direct mail, and major gifts. He is a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional. Maxwell is into intersectional lenses, wealth redistribution, and spreadsheet shortcuts. He identifies as a black queer non-binary butch.

Chloe Feffer (she/they) is an educator, poet, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their poetry and fiction have appeared in or is forthcoming in The B’K, Sledgehammer Literary, Stone Fruit, FEED Literary Magazine, JADEN, and elsewhere. Prior to joining Lambda Literary, Chloe worked as an early childhood educator, as an educational program coordinator, and as a facilitator for memoir writing workshops with incarcerated women. She holds a BA from Stonybrook University and an MA in Education from CUNY Hunter.

Mai Tran (she/they) is a writer based in New York. She was a winner of Epiphany Zine’s 2020 Breakout 8 Writers Prize and her work has appeared in The Margins, Apogee, Vox, i-D, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She currently serves as a nonfiction coordinator for MFA App Review and is a mentor with the PEN Prison & Justice Writing Program.

L. D. Lewis (she/her) is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy- and Hugo Award-winning FIYAH Literary Magazine. Other hats include service on the board of Diverse Voices, Inc., FIYAHCON Director, Chair of the 56th Annual Nebulas Conference, and researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows as well as a number of pieces of lauded and long-listed short fiction and poetry. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! collection.

Monica Carter (she/her) is a writer, poet and reviewer. She was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Lambda Literary Foundation LGBT Emerging Voices Fellow and a fiction graduate of the prestigious PEN Center’s MARK program. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals including The Rattling Wall, Black Clock, Cactus Heart, Bloom and the anthology Strange Cargo. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Black Clock, World Literature Today and Foreword Reviews. She served as a judge for the Best Translated Book Award in poetry and fiction from 2008-2015. Monica currently manages Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools. She is currently finishing her first novel.

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