About Us.

Our Founding Story & History

Our co-founders Sy and Jamie met as college students at the University of Pennsylvania. Sy told Jamie about how he could not live authentically in his home country where it is still illegal to be gay. And Sy shared his experience struggling to find safe resources as an LGBTQ+ asylum seeker in the United States. As a trans man from a conservative background, Jamie deeply connected with Sy’s story. So, during their senior year, Sy and Jamie co-founded AsylumConnect, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that built the world’s first technology platform for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution. Our organization is founded on the belief that every LGBTQ+ person deserves the safety and freedom to live authentically.

In May 2022, AsylumConnect became InReach. After learning that our technology platform was being used by a wide variety of LGBTQ+ people, not just those seeking asylum, we recognized our organization’s potential. We are committed to ensuring all members of the diverse LGBTQ+ community–including asylum seekers and refugees, undocumented and other immigrants, young people experiencing homelessness, those facing family or community rejection due to their identity, and other transgender and non-binary people in need–always have access to trusted information on where it is safe to go for help.

SAFE HELP IS ALWAYS
InReach.

InReach is the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people with safe, verified resources.

Jamie Sgarro

“As someone who has had the privilege of hearing numerous success stories over the years and who recently used the free InReach App to locate trusted trans affirming legal, medical, and mental health services during my own transition, I have such high hopes for this organization’s future.”

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Our Team, Board, and Advisors

We are a proud trans-led nonprofit organization serving the trans and wider LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about our staff, volunteers, interns, Board of Directors, Junior Board and Advisory Council.

Staff

Our staff members lead our operations and collaborate with our volunteers to ensure every LGBTQ+ person finds the safety to live authentically.

Join us! Learn more about our open staff, volunteer and intern positions here (*all positions remote).

Jamie Sgarro

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Shannon Baker

Programs Director

Myron Day

Development Director

Joe Karow

Lead Engineer

Asher Sovereign

Operations Coordinator (Part-Time)

Carissa Chantiles

Resource Coordinator, United States/English (Part-Time)

Abby Davies

International Resource Coordinator & Translation (Part-Time)

Kristen Shonborn

Resource Coordinator (Part-Time)

Volunteers

Our volunteers are invaluable to the continued growth of our organization. We are proud to have volunteers from a diversity of immigration statuses, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. Learn more about our volunteers below. 

Interested in joining our remote team? Click here

Community Research & Outreach

Julia Fest

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (French)

Claire Bonzani

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Tel Anderson

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Courteney Leinonen

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (Spanish)

Shannon Wu

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Mia Gajda

Community Research and Outreach Volunteer

Tucker Holl

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Arianna Lara Bonilla

Corporate Outreach Volunteer

Grey Weinstein

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Gemma Lynch

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Corey Hummerston

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Izebel Nani

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (Spanish)

Julia Appel

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Kathryn Condron

Community Research and Outreach Volunteer

Xandrea Burns

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Linda María Urueña Mariño

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Genevieve Husak

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Alyssa Carbone

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (Spanish)

Catherine Lee

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (English)

Emelyn Gabriela Portillo Sánchez

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (Spanish)

Claudia Ochoa

Community Research & Outreach Volunteer (Spanish)

Apoorva Verghese

Community Research and Outreach Volunteer

Tinashe Simango

Community Research and Outreach Volunteer

Graphic Design

Tommy Solano-Szostek

Graphic Designer

Leah Gribko

Graphic Designer

OPERATIONS

Marie-Esther Ahone

Team Engagement Coordinator Volunteer

Jeremy Kern

Corporate Partnerships/Outreach Volunteer

Marketing & PR

Li-Jay Chu

Director of Marketing

Douglas Van Renen

Digital Marketing

Product Development

Peggy Lu

UX Designer

Rhea Malviya

Volunteer Web Developer

Miroslav Damyanov

UX Researcher Lead

Kevin Ye

Web Developer

Enrique Santamaría

UX Researcher

Translators

Melissa Navarro

Spanish Translator

Meghan Singer

Spanish Translator

Fredel Granados

Spanish Translator

Alex Londres

Spanish Translator

Daniel Santana

Spanish Translator

Frida Gutierrez

Spanish Translator

Anggie Núñez

Spanish Translator

Interns

Our interns join us for the summer or a semester to develop their skills while helping to advance our mission to ensure safe help is InReach for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Interested in interning with us? Click here to view our available internship positions. 

Cassandra Ruedy

Web Development Intern

Keara Keelty

Junior Board Program Intern

Elly Hertz

Corporate/Brand Intern

Laurel Meshnick

French Translation Intern

Mary Bates

Social Media Intern

Gisselle A Ayala

Social Media Intern

Jimmy Wolfe

Community Research and Outreach Intern (English)

Emi Iribarren

Community Research and Outreach Intern

Xiaowen Liu

Social Media Intern

Kaery Romero

Community Research & Outreach Intern

Jane Sparks

Community Research and Outreach Intern (English)

Miriam Iraís Pérez-De La Rosa

Community Research & Outreach Intern (Spanish)

Nikhitha Nair

Community Research and Outreach Intern (English)

Aliah Galanga

Community Research & Outreach Intern (Canada)

Izzy Bohn

Community Research and Outreach Intern (French)

Alex Streisand

Community Research & Outreach Intern (English)

Morgan Tinsley

Intern

David Moir

Community Research & Outreach Intern (French)

Samantha Finnerty

Community Research and Outreach Intern

Rezi Daga

Community Research and Outreach Intern

Brittany Bin

Community Research & Outreach Intern Canada

Chia-Ying Hsieh

UX Research Intern

Han Kibel

Community Research & Outreach (English)

Hannah Keyes

Community Research and Outreach Intern (English)

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body for InReach. The board plays a pivotal role in developing InReach’s strategic plan, providing oversight and guidance. Ultimately, our board works to steer our organization towards achieving its mission to ensure safe help is InReach for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Jamie Sgarro, Co-Founder

Co-Founder & Executive Director at InReach

Sean Buckley, Board Chair

Operating Partner at Kupanda Capital

Christina Tong, Board Vice President

Sr. Product Manager at Peloton & Former Junior Board at InReach

Wesley Bizzell

Sr. Asst. Gen. Counsel at Altria Group & Former Pres. at Natl. LGBT Bar Assoc.

Keeley Hanlon

Senior Director at Purple Strategies

Julian Sanjivan

Co-President at InterPride

Justin Becker

Associate at Sidley Austin LLP

Hans How

Former Volunteer VP at InReach

David Robinson

Sr. Manager eDiscovery at Macquarie Group

Junior Board

The InReach Junior Board is a group of young professionals in the United States committed to supporting InReach’s work through fundraising, networking and marketing.

Meet our 2022 Junior Board class of 40+ young professionals below! 

Learn more about this innovative program for young professionals in the U.S. and how to become a member here.

2022 Steering Committee

The Steering Committee serves as the executive leadership team of the InReach Junior Board.

Slavi Arnaudov, Co-Chair

The Blackstone Group, Tactical Opportunities Investor

Tanushree Khanna, Co-Chair

PWC, Assurance Senior Associate

Javier Moran-Eserki, Co-Director of Fundraising Committee (Events & Individual Giving)

EY-Parthenon, Consultant

Yousaf Shakil, Co-Director of Fundraising Committee (Corporate Partnerships)

ACLU, Donor and Brand Activation Officer

Kelly Chan, Co-Director of Tech Committee

DoubleVerify, Technical Program Manager

Harper Simpson, Co-Director of Tech Committee

Petal, Product Manager

Mary (MO) Swinson, Co-Director of Marketing Committee

Social Worker

Madeline Elliott, Co-Director of Marketing Committee

Accenture Federal Services, Senior Analyst

Michael Lupton, Co-Director of Social Committee

Blank Rome, Associate

Vikram Ramnarain, Co-Director of Social Committee

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Market Infrastructures Analyst

Grete Miller, Co-Director of Learning & Development Committee

Shutterstock, Sr. Product Operations Specialist

Micki Lee Coleman-Palansky, Co-Director of Learning & Development Committee

Levy Konigsberg, LLP, Paralegal

Athena Zander, Co-Director of Recruitment Committee

Joynup, Inc., Director of Business Development

Kristelle Aisaka, Co-Director of Recruitment Committee

The Jed Foundation, Senior Campus Advisor and Data Lead

2022 Members

Judy Siegel

Dow Jones, Director of Product Design & UX Research

Nehal Gupta

BBR Partners, Vice President of Innovation

Bennett Johnson

Kearney, Senior Business Analyst

Max Chazen

Deloitte, Transfer Pricing Consultant

Bryce Badger

PwC, Cyber Risk & Regulatory Consulting Associate

Angel Yu

PwC Strategy&, Senior Associate

Alice Schyllander

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), Assistant Communications and Program Manager

Oleg Grachev

GTCR, Private Equity Associate

Pearl Huang

Macquarie Group, Lawyer

Kassidy Rumpf

PwC, Tax Associate

Daniel De Boulay

Repair the World NYC, Service Corps Program Manager

Rachel Weiss

Consilio, Contract Attorney

Chase Bernier

Chelsea Senior Living, Human Resources Intern

Joy Chung

Meta, Privacy Legal Counsel

Korey Anthony Chisolm

NYC Health – Community Health Worker, Visiting Nurse Services of New York – Behavioral Health Senior Program Assistant

Bram McGinnis

Harry’s, Inc., People Business Partner

Jayne McGarrity

PwC, Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy

Simmi Mulchandani

PwC, Digital Operations Manager

Seraphina Meacham

PwC, Tax Associate

Matt Fittipaldi

Temple University, Immigration Services Coordinator

Blair Gregory

Macquarie Group, Governance Team Coordinator

Joe Anderson

Deloitte Consulting, Business Analyst

Bruno Rovai

Macquarie Asset Management, Sr Manager, Sovereign Strategist

Alex Joseph

Project Renewal Inc., Case Manager of Mental Health Services-Next Step

Sehrish Rashid

LifeTies, Inc., LGBTQ+ Mentor Coordinator

Cara Hall

Etsy, Senior Privacy Program Manager

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a diverse group of LGBTQ+ advocates, asylees, refugees, nonprofit leaders, and human rights defenders. Members generously lend their areas of expertise, personal experiences, and networks to help InReach reach its full potential.

Jacque Larrainzar

Fernando Chang-Muy, M.A., J.D.

Micheal Ighodaro

Emma Biegacki

Maikel Nabil Sanad

Raina Fox

Francisco Tenorio-Hernandez

Priscilla F. Aybar

Sara Wagner, MA

Danielle Madeja

Maher Darwiche

Glenn R. McGillivray

John Lloyd, Ed.D.

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