San Francisco – Transgender Law Center (TLC) is proud to announce the hire of Ilona Turner as Legal Director.
“Ilona has shown immense dedication and skill in working to end discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. We’re ecstatic to have her join our team,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director, “We’re thrilled that she has experience advocating for equality in the courtroom, statehouses, city halls, and also in the community.”
Turner spent several years working in California state politics, first for progressive icon Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg and then as the lobbyist for Equality California, the statewide LGBT political advocacy organization, where she helped to shepherd groundbreaking legislation that prohibited housing and employment discrimination against transgender people and dramatically expanded the rights of domestic partners in California.
During law school at the University of California at Berkeley, Turner was awarded the Mary C. Dunlap Fellowship to spend a summer working to advance transgender rights at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Years later, Turner was inspired to return to NCLR and where she has been a staff attorney since 2008. Turner’s work at NCLR has focused on a wide range of issues affecting LGBT people, frequently focusing on legal issues affecting transgender people, including school bullying, discrimination in employment and public accommodations, parenting and custody, marriage, and immigration.
“I knew when Ilona joined NCLR nearly four years ago that she would play a pivotal role advancing LGBT equality, and we couldn’t be happier that she’ll continue her commitment to the movement as the Transgender Law Center’s new Legal Director,” said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. “Ilona is a talented attorney, and while all of us at NCLR are sad to see her go, we know her dedication to justice and her tenacity will help further the movement.”
Former Legal Director Kristina Wertz will become Director of Policy and Programs.
For more information about Turner or Transgender Law Center please contact Mark Snyder, Communications Manager, 415.865.0176 x310,email@example.com.
The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. The Transgender Law Center uses direct legal services, education, community organizing and advocacy to create a world that recognizes and supports the needs of transgender people and their families. Learn more attransgenderlawcenter.org.
CONTACT: Mark Snyder, Communications Manager. Transgender Law Center 415.865.0176 ext. 310
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