The Board

Board of Directors

Zsea Bowmani

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Kristen Prata Browde

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Taylor Brown

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Alexander Chen

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Ezra Cukor

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Chinyere Ezie

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Lucas Cameron-Vaughn

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Zsea Bowmani

Zsea Bowmani (@LiberationGreen) is a civil rights attorney and legal scholar with a focus on race, gender, reproductive justice, human and animal rights, environmental justice, and the law. Zsea recently served as the Tawani Transgender Rights Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Illinois. His work there included impact litigation and policy work in employment discrimination, policing, prisons, youth and schools, and healthcare access for transgender and gender nonconforming people in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. Zsea also worked in support of transgender employees in the U.S. District Court case Boyden v. State of Wisconsin.

Prior to working at the ACLU, Zsea was the first If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force in Washington, D.C., where he helped develop the organization’s intersectional Reproductive Justice and LGBTQ work across state, federal, and training program areas. He also reviewed the Task Force’s joint amicus briefs, drafted talking points, and developed social media and educational materials for U.S. Supreme Court cases Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and Zubik v. Burwell. As a Fellow, Zsea authored the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Reproductive Justice Advocacy Toolkit.

In addition to his legal work, Zsea’s scholarship includes an award-winning paper on the use of racial and sexual stereotypes in U.S. asylum cases of queer individuals fleeing persecution, published in Georgetown’s Journal of Gender and the Law, and the intersection of cisgender and reproductive justice. A native of Los Angeles, Zsea received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. In his free time, Zsea enjoys writing fiction, hiking, biking, fashion, and baking vegan desserts.

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Kristen Prata Browde

Kristen Prata Browde is a Family Law attorney based in Westchester County, New York. Kristen is a graduate of Fordham University Law School, where she also served as Writing and Research editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. Kristen holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University (B.A., Government & Philosophy – 1972).

She has written on a variety of legal topics, including First Amendment issues, authoring “Warning: Wearing Eyeglasses May Subject You to Additional Liability and other Foibles of Post-Diana Newsgathering – An Analysis of California’s Civil Code Section 1708.8” 10 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 697 (2000). She has also written on a variety of topics for American Lawyer Media’s publications. (These articles were written under her former name.)

Kristen is a member of the Boards of Directors of the LGBT Bar Association of New York, Equality NY, the Trans United Fund and Princess Janae Place, a startup working to establish housing for homeless transgender adults. She is also a Trustee of the AFTRA Retirement System and a member of the Chappaqua Central School District Financial Advisory Committee. Kristen is also a member of the Westchester County Women’s Advisory Board.

Kristen lives in Chappaqua, New York with one of her two sons; the other is in college in Europe.

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Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown is the 2017-2019 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow at the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal. Her fellowship is geared towards addressing inequities in law and policy for African-American LGBT people and African-American PLWH.

Taylor received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Taylor was a Carolina Covenant Scholar. At Cardozo, Taylor was a Nathaniel E. Gates Scholar. She served as Vice President of Cardozo OUTLaw and she was involved with the Minority Law Students Alliance and Black Law Students Association. During law school, Taylor worked on death penalty appellate litigation at the Georgia Resource Center, served as a legal intern in the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal’s National Headquarters and was a 2016 Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force.

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Alexander Chen

Alexander Chen is an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Salesforce.org and Baker McKenzie) at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations. His work focuses on expanding the rights of transgender people through litigation and policy advocacy in education, employment, health care, housing, prisons, and juvenile justice and child welfare settings. Alexander is a member of the legal team litigating the transgender military cases Doe v. Trump and Stockman v. Trump. He also co-drafted AB 2119, a bill making California the first state to guarantee access to transition-related health care for trans youth in foster care. In 2018, Alexander was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy.


Alexander received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was the first openly transgender editor of the Harvard Law Review and worked on trans issues at the Department of Justice, the ACLU LGBT Rights Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. He clerked on the Ninth Circuit for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, and in the Southern District of California for the Hon. Gonzalo P. Curiel.


Alexander is a founding member of the National Trans Bar Association. He is a sought-after speaker who frequently addresses corporations, law firms, professional associations, conferences, and universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Berkeley Law School.

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Chinyere Ezie

Chinyere Ezie is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer who specializes in trans rights advocacy and racial justice work.

Prior to joining The Center for Constitutional Rights, Chinyere was a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI Southerners, including trans prisoners’ rights activist Ashley Diamond. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she litigated trans employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers who were subjected to religious harassment.

Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she was President of Columbia Outlaws and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law.

In her free time, Chinyere enjoys photography, graphic design, and spending time with her wife and puppy.

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Ezra Cukor

Ezra Cukor is a Supervising Attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). Before joining CCHR, he represented low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers in employment, housing, and name change matters as a staff attorney in the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group. In 2017, the National LGBT Bar Association recognized Cukor as one of the best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Cukor is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School. He is also active in the New York City Bar Association.

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Lucas Cameron-Vaughn

Lucas Cameron-Vaughn grew up between Memphis, TN and Atlanta, GA (where he never felt like he quite fit in). Lucas grew up in historically invisible Southern communities including indigenous communities and queer communities in the Delta region. He became interested in social justice activism at a young age after becoming aware of the violence and stigma leveled against his family from colonization to the Indian Removal Act of 1830 up to the stereotypical mascots of our current times. Lucas worked in the visual arts and as a musician for the majority of his life as a young adult. He found community with trans and gender nonconforming people (where he finally felt like he did fit in). He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Philosophy and a concentration in Economics, magna cum laude.

The decision to attend law school was made after Lucas witnessed the indignities suffered by trans people at the hands of Southern law enforcement. Many of his close friends were victims of hate crimes or had no recourse for erasure of their legal existence. He graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Lucas fights hard to make the law more equitable for all people. After law school, he completed a Children’s Defense and Health Policy Research Fellowship with the University of Memphis School of Law where he successfully co-counseled with ACLU-TN and Just City to change the nearly 200-year-old Tennessee “safe keeper” statute that allowed children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities to be held in solitary confinement for years prior to trial. His project focused on trauma-informed advocacy for children charged with crimes as adults.

In law school, he clerked at Transgender Law Center in Oakland, CA, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee in Nashville, TN. He spent his time at TLC assisting with prison reform for TGNC prisoners and legislative policy change. At the ACLU-TN, he worked on many cases including Doe v. Hommrich—a watershed class action ending solitary confinement for youth with mental disabilities in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Lucas established Collective Justice Legal Group, P.C., the only civil rights focused law firm in Memphis, TN in 2017. He currently litigates federal civil and criminal matters at the trial and appellate level. He also practices immigration law.

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