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Shelby Chestnut ’05

Board of Trustees, Chair


Shelby Chestnut is a mixed-race Assiniboine and Norwegian, queer, and trans community organizer with roots from Montana and Minnesota. Shelby is the Director of Policy and Programs at the Transgender Law Center (TLC), the country’s largest trans-led organization. Shelby’s work focuses on supporting the leadership of transgender people of color around the US, to ensure they are alive and thriving. Prior to TLC, Shelby served as the Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project for 6 years. Shelby holds a BA from Antioch College and an MS in Public Policy from the New School. Shelby has dedicated their career to organizing and mobilizing LGBTQ people, people of color and low-income communities to ensure policies are informed by the people directly impacted by economic inequality and violence.