Community Displacement, Tensions, and Collective Resilience
About the Panel
Join us for a conversation on funder’s role amidst a global crisis. Through an interactive conversation with donors, we will discuss philanthropic priorities, strategies to sustain our work, and innovative ways to access funding during a time of crisis.
Sydney Kopp-Richardson, Moderator | SAGE
Sydney Kopp-Richardson is the Director of SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, working to reshape the housing landscape nationally and increase the availability of safer LGBT elder housing through policy advocacy, research, and housing development. Previously, Sydney worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City in direct service, organizing and advocacy, and policy analysis around affordable housing development. Through an anti-racist framework, Sydney centers the needs of LGBTQ communities, people involved in the justice system, people living with mental health challenges, and others living in the margins. Sydney has developed anti-violence curriculum and policy recommendations for LGBTQ communities and infuses this into her work in housing development and sexual violence prevention in New York City nightlife venues. Sydney brings a reverence for the expertise and legacies of LGBTQ elders in the formation of policies and programming developed to serve them in the fight for collective liberation, and she brings this to SAGE’s national housing initiative.
LaSaia Wade | Brave Space Alliance
LaSaia Wade is an open Afro Puerto Rican Indigenous Trans Woman. She’s the founder of TNTJ Project in Tennessee. She’s a member of Chicago TGNC Collective, Trans Liberation Collective and Director of Brave Space Alliance. LaSaia is also one of the organizers for the biggest TGNC March for Trans Liberation in Midwest history. She is now the first Trans woman in Illinois History to be honored in Women’s History month for the work she’s doing. LaSaia graduated in 2010 with a BBA in Business Management. Coming out as trans, she has 10 plus years in organizing and advocacy work with black, indigenous, trans and gender nonconforming folx around the world. She is the current Director of Brave Space Alliance, business owner of Mystical Bee Hive, while facilitating trainings across the U.S.
Andres Saavedra | Rural LISC
Andres L. “Andy” Saavedra is a Program Director with Rural LISC responsible for field program activities. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Saavedra was with LISC's Mid South Delta program where he headed the Delta Homeownership Initiative (DHI), LISC’s HUD and USDA‐Rural Development funded programs, and LISC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative in the Delta. Mr. Saavedra has 26 years of administering grants and technical assistance to community development corporations engaged in housing development, financial independence, workforce development, and homebuyer education. Mr. Saavedra was previously the Housing and Community Development Director of the Northeast Louisiana Delta Community Development Corporation (NELDCDC) and a consultant, notably on a HUD 202 project, the Booker T Senior Village in Monroe, LA. Previously, Mr. Saavedra was a Housing Specialist with the Housing Assistance Council, a national CDFI based in Washington, DC. Mr. Saavedra has a Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Law and Public Policy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Kaz Mitchell | Circle of Voices
Kaz Mitchell-Wimberly, is a recipient of the 2019 Gay City News-Impact Awards, 2019 Ebony Pyramid Entertainment (EPE) of Washington, DC UnSung Award Recipient, 2018 Brooklyn Barclay Center Pride Night Panelist, and 2017 Callen–Lorde Community Health Center’s-Health Awards for her commitment to LGBTQ Health, she has served as the former Board Chair, (2016-2017) of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s- Community Advisory Board after serving for over 4 years. She was their 1st Patient Advocate to join CLCHC in speaking to NYS Legislature about the importance of funding clinical health providers in Albany, NY (Feb. 2018). She is currently on the New York City’s Police Commissioner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board as well. She has made herstory as the first ever Campaign Manager and Political Strategist for the 1st ever Gay male to run for District Attorney in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York and in the country.
Larry Curley | National Indian Council on Aging
Larry Curley is a member of the Navajo Nation with over 40 years of experience working in the aging and healthcare fields. He has worked with Congress, other branches of the federal government, and national organizations on aging to develop support for programs affecting elder American Indians. After receiving his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Arizona, along with a certificate in gerontology, Curley worked as a gerontological planner at an Area Agency on Aging in Pima County, Arizona, where he was instrumental in establishing a county public fiduciary program. As a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he successfully advocated for the passage of Title VI of the Older Americans Act, an amendment which he wrote.
Sadiya Abjani | SAGE
Sadiya Abjani is the Director of Learning and Equity at SAGE as well as a queer Muslim activist. She received her Bachelors in Islamic Studies and English from the University of Texas at Austin, where she spent time learning curriculum development and gaining expertise in training development and delivery. Previously, Sadiya worked as the Corporate Training Coordinator at the Equal Rights Center, where she delivered trainings on Fair Housing, Disability Rights, and Sensitivity and Diversity. She has done extensive work within the elder community, including developing and executing a large project surveying the South Asian elder community to isolate signs of depression.