Board of Directors

Jason Tseng

Board Chair

Jason Tseng has devoted his professional and personal life to empowering ordinary people to make extraordinary change. Splitting his time between serving the arts and queer communities of color, he has worked for organizations like Theatre Communications Group, Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Fractured Atlas, and currently serves on the steering committee and chair emeritus of GAPIMNY, the second oldest queer Asian community organization in the nation. Before moving to New York, he grew up outside Washington, D.C., in Maryland and graduated from the University of Richmond studying Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Theatre. In his spare time, Jason creates plays, stories, comics, and illustrations (usually about queer people and people of color). He now lives in Long Island City with his husband and their rabbit, Turnip Cake.

Casimiro Peña

Board Member, Secretary

Casimiro shares community amongst other queer radical activists who share a passion for raising consciousness through meticulous planning, research, and grassroots resistance. Casimiro's activist heart resides in the dorm halls, classrooms, and chapels of Christian colleges and universities who perpetuate anti-LGBTQ and race-based discrimination. He is excited to use his background in community organizing as well as his research background to help Soulforce determine the most strategic and innovative steps towards sabotaging Christian Supremacy.

CasSandra Calin

Board Member

CasSandra is a 26-year-old Black-Cuban healer in Richmond, VA, who is passionate about spirit work, mental health, indulgence and pleasure, and sustainable diligence. CasSandra currently serves as the Youth Resource Advocate at Side by Side, a center dedicated to creating supportive communities for Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth, and has worked in youth healing and mental health since 2011.

 

CasSandra's passion for social justice keeps systemic and institutional forms of oppression at the front of her mind when thinking about how best to heal and liberate queer and trans Black and Brown people. She is overjoyed to be a part of Soulforce's work to sabotage Christian supremacy, in all the ways that it conspires with capitalism and white supremacy, by bring a trauma informed and culturally responsive lens and supporting an organizational culture of steadiness, sustainability, and spirit. CasSandra was a member of the 2015-16 Soulforce Southeast House Fellowship and understands firsthand the power of reminding LGBTQ+ people that we have unlimited access to divinity because we are a manifestation of it.

 

When she is not working or drooling over Soulforce, she pursues creative hobbies as a writer and songbird and has recently started to explore knitting and painting.

Jelani Drew-Davi

Board Member

Jelani is a queer, black, southern organizer and creative who is passionate about social change.

 

Jelani is a graduate of VCU’s Master’s of Social Work program as well as an alumni of the Kairos Fellowship. Their organizing accomplishments include successful campaigns around racial justice and the accountability of Big Tech. Currently, Jelani is a digital organizer and strategist providing mentorship to new digital organizers, as well as managing campaigns and building community power both online and on the ground.

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Emeritus Board Members

Ellen Chademana

2016

Chris Carr

2016

Nicole Revenaugh

2014 - 2016

Maru Gonzalez

2011 - 2014

Bill Carpenter

2001 - 2014

Enzi Tanner

Judy Osborne

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