Shelby Chestnut ’05 was featured on Logo Networks 2018 LGBTQ State of the Union. Chestnut is the director of policy and program at the Transgender Law Center. Chestnut served as the director of community organizing and public advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) for five years prior to joining Transgender Law Center. At AVP, Shelby worked on a city, state and national level advancing the rights and protections of LGBTQ survivors of violence. For over a decade, Shelby has been organizing with LGBTQ people, people of color, and low income communities to address violence, promote access to resources, and affect local policy change that is for and by the people most impacted by oppression.
Shelby was a Community Manager for Community Government at Antioch in 2005-06, and feels strongly that the work she did at Antioch prepared more than anything else to be an effective leader in social change.