TransNewYork Board of Directors

Meet Our Board Members

TransNewYork’s Board of Directors are responsible for oversight of the organization’s operations and guiding TransNewYork’s long-term vision and planning. The Board also focuses on the continued financial stability of the organization and participates significantly in fundraising efforts.

Stephanie Battaglino

President

As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC, Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author and workplace diversity & inclusion consultant.

A major voice in the LGBTQ workplace equality movement focusing specifically on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, Stephanie casts a bright light on all of the pertinent Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) issues that companies and organizations must face to successfully transform their workplaces into a truly welcoming environment for all of their employees.

Stephanie’s new book, Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America chronicles her life as a corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Company, where she was the first transgender person to transition on the job in the 165-year history of the company.

In addition to her Board responsibilities, Stephanie also spearheads the organizational education initiatives of TransNewYork and is also the director of the organization’s speakers bureau. In addition to her roles at TransNewYork, Stephanie currently sits on the Board of PFLAG National and is the Chair of the organization’s Business Advisory Council. She is a past board member of the following organizations: the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF).

Stephanie possesses over 40 years of management and leadership experience in marketing, advertising and communications within the Fortune 100. Stephanie holds a BA in Communication from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing from the Samuel L. Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also a graduate of the prestigious UCLA Anderson School of Management’s LGBT Leadership Institute. She resides in Palm Desert, California with her wife, Mari and their cats, Aengus and Fionna.

William Self

Treasurer

William Self is currently the Director for Library Services at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health and previously held the position of Executive Director of The Medical Library Center of New York, a consortium headquarters for over 70 metropolitan academic and hospital medical libraries.

No stranger to TransNewYork’s programs, Bill comes to the Board with extensive experience in non-profit management. At Lenox Hill, Bill serves as a voice for LGBTIQ staff as well as LGBTIQ patients and their families on a number of committees and councils including the Advisory Council to the Executive Director, the Lenox Health Community Outreach Health Education Council, Lenox Hill Hospital LGBTIQ Employees Council (as Co-Chair), and the LGBT Medicine Program for Lenox Health Greenwich Village Advisory Committee. He is also the founder and coordinator of Lenox Hill’s Pride on the Hill Celebrations.

Along with his husband, Kevin Uhrin, who currently sits on the LGBT Advisory Committee to the NYPD Commissioner, they support a number of other LGBTIQ organizations including Live Out Loud, Immigration Equality, OutRight Action International, National Equality Action Team/Freedom for All Americans, GOALny: The Gay Officers Action League of New York, and the NGLCCNY.

Fabrice Houdart

Secretary

Fabrice Houdart is Out Leadership’s Managing Director of Global Equality Initiatives. In his capacity he leverages the power of Out Leadership member companies for social change globally. He also co-leads Quorum, an initiative to increase representation of LGBTQ+ people on corporate boards. Fabrice is a member of L’Oreal Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. He is an advisor of the NACD Center for Inclusive Governance (the Center).

Fabrice Houdart was previously Human Rights Officer at the United Nations in New York from 2016-2020 where he worked on Free & Equal, an unprecedented United Nations campaign for LGBTQ+equality. He co-authored and led the United Nations Global LGBTQ+ standards of conduct for Business, the largest corporate social responsibility initiative on LGBTQ+ issues in the World. From 2001-2016, Fabrice was Senior Country Officer at the World Bank. At the Bank, he authored economic development analyses on Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Tunisia and provided contributions to the 2012 Gender World Development Report (WDR) and the 2011 Conflict, Security, and Development WDR. He holds a B.A. in economics and management from Dauphine University in Paris and an MBA from American University in DC.

Fabrice volunteers on the Boards of Outright Action International, Housing Works, Fondation Emergence (Governor), TransNewYork, Witness to Mass Incarceration (President), the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (Treasurer) and the Institute of Current World Affairs (Trustee).

In 2019, Fabrice received the Golden Gate Business Association Award, the IGLTA Pioneer Award and the Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for his work on LGBTI rights. He was ranked 2nd by Yahoo Finance among LGBTI public sector executives globally in their 2019 Outstanding list, and listed among Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executive 2020 and among the 100 LGBTQ+ trailblazers by London-based Attitude magazine in 2021. The US National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) listed him among the 100 most influential governance experts. He was interviewed by The Economist and Al Jazeera quoted in the New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine and The Guardian on issues pertaining to human rights of LGBTQ+ people and the business and economic case for Equality. He is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

He lives between New York City and New Fairfield, CT with his twin sons, 8-year-old Maxime and Eitan.

Maeve DuValley

Board Member

Maeve DuVally is a managing director in Corporate Communications. She serves on the Structured Products Committee and the Americas Regional Vetting Group. Maeve joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Maeve worked in media relations at Merrill Lynch. Before that, she was a financial journalist and editor at Bridge News for nearly 15 years. Maeve serves on the advisory boards for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and the Association of Foreign Correspondents; and, the community board of Connecticut-based LGBTQ health provider Anchor Health Initiative. She earned a BA in English from Providence College in 1983 and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1994.

Tabytha Gonzalez

Board Member

Tabytha Gonzalez is a fearless advocate for the transgender community. She is an accomplished speaker and outreach expert for the Transgender Community. She has been advocating for the transgender community for 15 years. She has the skill base to create community programs that have and impact on our community. She is currently an Outreach Specialist at Housing Works.

Tabytha’s educational background and professional affiliations are as follows: • Hostos Comm. College (current; Social Work) • State University of New York, 1999-2000• General Equivalency Diploma, 1999 • Stake Holder: Transgender Equity Coalition (founding member) • Stake Holder: The LGBT Network (NYS Department of Health) • Member: Solutions Coalition

Dan Werner

Board Member

A California native, Dan Werner received his B.A. Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, and M.A. in Education at Loyola Marymount University. Dan brings extensive experience in LGBTQ+ issues across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate sectors. During his 5 1/2 year tenure at the Arcus Foundation, he worked closely with trans-led organizations on increasing economic opportunities and the overall inclusion of transgender people in the United States. He also helped create the Global Trans Initiative: a $20-million, multi-year endeavor to improve the lives of trans people around the world. He is currently working with G.E.T. Phluid—a comprehensive diversity and inclusion training program—helping companies with the inclusion of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals.

Sujatha Zafar

Board Member

Sujatha Zafar joined IHS Markit in June 2020 as the DEI programs lead for Financial Services. She now runs both the Financial Services & Energy and Natural Resources Group as the Global DEI lead and works closely with the firm’s CDEIO to deliver on firm wide strategy and commitments. Sujatha comes from a background in account management, sales, and business development but most recently in diversity recruiting (executive search) and retention (DEI consulting). In her previous recruiting role, she worked with professional networks, vendors and non-profits to build strategic partnerships for diverse talent sourcing. In her consulting role she worked with a network of over 100 firms to identify, share and execute best practices cross industry. Sujatha completed her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and continues to be involved with them in fund raising efforts for international student scholarships. Additionally she has completed her DEI certification from Cornell University. Sujatha lives in New York City with her husband, two sons and two dogs.