N. Nathalie Nia Faulk - Co-Director

N. Nathalie Nia Faulk is self described ebony southern belle born in Lafayette, Louisiana and living in New Orleans for the last eight years. Since her childhood, her work has lived at the the intersections of performance, healing justice, individual and organizational development, and community building. They use these competencies as tools for the liberation of all people, centering trans and gender non confirming black and brown people. Currently, they serve as A Human Right Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, Co-Director of Southern Organizer Academy as well as  Co-Director of Last Call Oral History Project. As a Advisory Board member, they currently serve both BreakOUT! and the LOUD Queer Youth Theater. They believe that everyone is inherently valuable and a star in their own right! 

Key Jackson -Co-Director

Key is a 1st nations/Black Queer radical dreamer who is committed to weaving the Strength of their community into sustainable social change. A Founding member of Black Youth Project 100 New Orleans, Key has spent the past 15 years fighting for Queer, Youth, Educational, Housing, Immigrant and Racial Justice. Key’s lived experience as a low income, Queer person of color has fueled their desire to educate and move always towards a more equitable reality. Key has co-founded multiple youth centered initiatives and has provided formal as well as informal trainings to hundreds of youth, organizations and communities across the nation.

 

Kei Youngblood -Director of Communications

This Freedom-fighter born and raised in New Orleans has used her degree from Dillard University in Psychology to address health and wellness disparities for People of the Global Majority, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and folk who live in food deserts. When Kei isn't in the garden, you can find them in the kitchen creating a culinary masterpiece.  

 

Jai' Shavers -Director of Content & Evaluation

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La, politicized in New Orleans, Jai' holds over 10 years of training and facilitation experience, and has been active in organizing campaigns to end criminalization, policing, deportation, and confinement since 2013.  Jai' Shavers is the  Lead Consultant of  Soft Boi Consulting (SBC), which  was founded in May of 2018. SBC was created in effort to increase support for growth and development of Black Queer and Trans (“BQT”) individuals and/or organizations building with BQT people, in various ways.