OUR LEADERSHIP

TransNewYork is managed by fiercely dedicated individuals who bring expertise, compassion and thought leadership and empowerment.

Dr. Gennifer Herley PhD

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer | gherley@transnewyork.org

Dr. Gennifer Herley PhD is the founder and executive director of TransNewYork. Gennifer is a proud transgender woman who recently transitioned and earned her doctorate degree in 2014. TransNewYork’s mission is to bring awareness to the issues facing the transgender non-conforming (TGNC) community and give guidance and support to individuals and their loved ones within an open and safe environment. It provides individual and group counseling and monthly meetings that address issues such as gender dysphoria and encourage transgender individuals to share their stories, and wishes to be an informative source for transgender resources, activities, and events. Dr Herley and TransNewYork work with allies of the transgender community to provide Transgender Non-Conforming educational training seminars, guest speakers, and other resource materials to help maintain and expand diversity and inclusion within organizations, along with helping raise public awareness on transgender issues through hosting and sponsoring speaking engagements, featuring prominent transgender leaders, and organizations.

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Dr. Herley’s career has taken two paths, corporate management roles and business and personal coaching, and both have merged into nonprofit organizational leadership. Her leadership experience includes managing all operational activities, such as finances, business development, sales, marketing, and fundraising. Dr. Herley excels at developing and monitoring budgets and resources, planning and executing short- and long-range goals, and redesigning programs to respond to the changing needs of the LGBTQ Community with a focus on members of our community who are transgender.

In addition Dr. Herley is a Board member of I’m from Driftwood, which aims to help LGBTQ people learn more about their community, straight people learn more about their neighbors, and everyone learn more about themselves through the power of storytelling and story sharing. She is also an adjunct professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Herley is a tireless advocate of the transgender community and has spoken at many Transgender Conference focusing on group dynamics.

Dr. Herley organized the first transgender Conference in New York City, New York Coming Out in 2019. This 3-day conference had over 350 attendees 100 workshops, a vendor room and hosted keynote speakers such as Sarah McBride from the Human Rights Campaign.

Kelvin O. Howell Jr., BPS and AA

Deputy Executive Director & Chief of Staff | kohjr@transnewyork.org

KELVIN O. HOWELL JR., BPS AND AA is an advocate and ambassador for equality with particularly championing the rights of people of color, homeless youth, gender-non-conforming, non-binary and transgender Individuals, I know first-hand navigating the world as an individual mention here comes with many unique challenges. On top of the organic difficulties that cut across all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, cultures, family compositions, ages, languages, classes, economic levels, and educational levels. As a former client receiving services from many human and social services, I pride myself on ethics and standards now as a human and social services practitioner, change agent and leader. Rising and overcoming various systematic oppression, prejudices, stereotypes, discrimination, many other isms, Kelvin continuously uses his embodied survival strategies, life experiences, education, and skills to build our human and social justice movement and the many fights within.

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Kelvin O. Howell Jr. was appointed by Founder/Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gennifer “Genn” Herley PhD. as the Deputy Executive Director & Chief of Staff of TransNewYork making them the first Gender Non-Conforming African American to serve in this newly created role. They are responsible for overseeing TransNewYork strategic planning and implementation process, management and supervision of five c-suite personal, leadership and development of all employees, and is next in the organization’s succession plan to assume full responsibility in the absence of the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer. They also serve as a confidant and senior advisor to the Founder, serve as a senior ambassador of the organization, serve as the principal staff advisor of the organization, serve as the coach of the board of directors, and moreover, they serve as the consumer experience advocate.

Since Howell Jr.’s appointment, they have developed and implemented The Sisters Helping Sisters Initiative (S.H.S.I.) which is a COVID-19 initiative to support Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-binary sisters in the County of Queens, and the surrounding Metropolitan area. S.H.S.I. is being some immediate changes around food inequality for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-binary sisters in the County of Queens, and the surrounding Metropolitan area. This initiative packs boxes of 30 to 40 pounds of fresh produce, other groceries items, hygiene products, and PPE weekly. As of date, we have served 100 Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-binary individuals weekly, providing 225 meals weekly and packing 4,000 pounds of food weekly. They are currently in global negotiations with other governments, agencies, and organizations to advance the rights and needs of Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-binary individuals.

Formerly, Howell Jr. served as Assist. to the Dean and faculty of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, Youth Advocate at Safe Horizon, Senior Case Manager and Case Planning Supervisor at Feel Better Therapy Clinic, Mentor and Sr. Mentor of Administration at Metropolitan College of New York, Operations and HR Manager at DIVA’s Mobile Cooking Services, Volunteer Coordinator and Community Grant Coordinator at NYC Pride, Senior Youth Leader and Outreach Worker/Youth Leader at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center and Chief of Staff to the Officer of the Senior Pastor at Unity Fellowship Church-NYC.

Their professional career includes extensive experience in the nonprofit sector: leadership, management, supervision, development, outreach, harm reduction, peer to peer services, mentoring, group facilitation, case management and planning, advocacy, community organizing, public speaking, counseling, and life coaching. Howell Jr. continues to be visible and plays a violent role in advancing the social justice movement and the many fights within. Currently, they are the Chairperson and volunteer of Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE!), an organization in the County of the Bronx that is building the leadership and power of LGBTQIA+ youth of color, is a member of the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Member and Co-Facilitator of the Gender “X” Marker working group of the NYPD Commissioners’ LGBTQIA+ Advisory Board, a member of the Office of the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s LGBT Policy Task Force, member of the NYPD’s 75th Precinct Clergy Council, a member, Chaplain and Clergy at the New York State Chaplain Task Force (NYSCTF), member of the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education Alumni Network, a US-NYC-County of Queens Delegate, Member and Volunteer of InterPride and the NERP – POSE Conference, and a member/volunteer of Queens Lesbian and Gay Committee, Inc. (Queens Pride).

Howell Jr. is also the Founder, Executive Partner, and Chief Consulting Officer of Firm 9, LLC, a multi-service professional consulting firm in the Bronx, New York. Their tagline is “The Multi-Service Consulting Firm of the Future, With its Consultants At Hearts. Firm 9, LLC’s vision To be acknowledged as the multi-service consulting firm of choice for newly formed nonprofits, small businesses, and faith-based organizations that provides comprehensive dimensional work plans necessary for long term success and mission provide a unique and embodied consulting experience and services that foster organizational, professional, personal and consumer development that creates sustainability in the workplace and the community at large.

Howell, Jr. has received numerous awards and recognition over their professional career. Some include The Transgender Experience – TTE Visionary Award and Outstanding Volunteer Award from NYC Pride. They were recognized by the former Speaker of the New York City Council from 2014 to 2017 for their leadership and crisis management in the 2014 East Harlem Gas Explosion that leveled two apartment buildings located just north of 116th Street at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue, killing eight people, injuring at least 70 others, and displacing 100 families.

Most recently, Howell Jr. was recognized by New York City Council Member Daniel “Danny” Dromm of district 25 for their leadership in producing Queens Pride’s groundbreaking virtual pride due to COVID-19. They were also recognized their service and tenacity by the Intrepid Museum and Budweiser in the “Intrepid Among Us” campaign that launched nationally on September 14th, 2020, to honor and celebrate first responders during the global, national and local Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for their work with New York Care as a Project Team Leader overseeing 15 to 30 volunteers three days a week in LIC. As of date, they have led over 200 community projects that pack, load, and deliver over 65,00 pounds of food to over 2,885 families weekly, providing 60,585 meals weekly since March 2020 to families that have experienced significant food inequality due to this to the pandemic.

Howell Jr. has guest lectured at John Jay University, Columbia University, New York Divinity School, and frequently at Metropolitan College of New York. Howell Jr. has served as a keynote speaker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Metropolitan Community Church, LAISP (Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise Worship Center of New York City), the LAISP Foundation, Watchful Eye, The Church of the Village, and the National Action Network.

Howell Jr. holds several degrees and certifications including, a Bachelors of Professional Studies and an Associative Arts in Human Services from the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education (Metropolitan College of New York-MCNY), and currently working on their Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. They hold a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Certificate from The Johns Hopkins University and a Chaplaincy Certificate from The New York Divinity School. They hold a host of other certifications from agencies and organizations, like, the New York State Department of Correctional Services, FEMA, Safe Horizon, New York State, New York City, Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, The Technical Institute of America, and the Harm Reduction Coalition.

They currently reside in East Midtown, Manhattan with their Lilac French Bulldog, Sir Winston, and enjoy visiting family and friends locally, nationally, and globally.