CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance on Wednesday unveiled their founding board of directors.
The new board features Pride Action Tank Executive Director Kim Hunt; Chicago Reader publisher and Windy City Times owner and co-founder Tracy Baim; filmmaker, and writer/producer/director Lilly Wachowski; nationally known trans activist and mental health advocate Valerie Spencer; Activist, Artist, and journalist Michelle Zacarias; Chicago trans community organizer and small business owner Tatyana Moaton,; and Chicago TransLatina community elder and longtime activist Monica Fernandez.
The move to establish a formal board of directors comes as Brave Space Alliance pushes for independent tax-exempt status, following three years of fiscal sponsorship under Trans United Fund, and Center on Halsted in turn.
“I’m excited to have such an amazing and powerful group of community leaders on our team going into the future. I have full confidence that they will help us take this organization to the next level, and help us fulfill our hopes and dreams for trans people on the South and West Sides,” said Brave Space Alliance Founder and Executive Director LaSaia Wade on Tuesday. “To have these women on our Board shows that BSA is to be taken seriously, and that we will be representing our community, and our city for years to come,” Wade added.
The announcement marks the latest development in a busy two-month period for the organization, which in March opened a permanent office in Hyde Park and launched a pair of successful COVID-19 emergency response programs to help meet the needs of community members during the pandemic. The Brave Space Alliance Crisis Pantry has served over 1600 people across the city, and garnered praise from Former President Barack Obama, and the Trans Relief Fund has distributed over $25,000 to trans people in need.