Meet our New House Manager!!
Janelle Luster (She, Her, They) is a 28 year old, award winning, community organizer, and transgender activist, native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Janelle has been organizing and advocating for the rights of transgender people, people living with HIV, and Sex workers locally and nationally. Janelle was selected as a 2020 program fellow for the Black to the Futures Public Policy Institute founded by Alicia Garza. She’s learning how to effect change with black polictical power!
Janelle is organizing the DecrimCA Mutual Aid Fund which was birthed out of the DecrimCA Coalition. Janelle identifies as a formerly incarcerated black transwomen who has been impacted by the system due to her many identities. Because of that she is dedicated to empowering those communities through access to services, resources, and social empowerment. Janelle has been coordinating Black Trans Lives Matter protests & rallies, as well as virtual social spaces of empowerment throughout the COVID pandemic. She also hosted a virtual vigil honoring those lost to hate violence. She attended the 2020 Creating Change Conference where she was able to expand her network and build national solidarity.
Janelle served as Program Associate and Director of Community Engagement for The Transgender District (San Francisco). In addition she co-leads an annual transgender empowerment retreat, the TRANScend Retreat. In 2019 the TRANScend Retreat was facilitated by the Malaysia Booker Travel Fund. The find brought black trans women from the south and midwest to join the gathering which was hosted at a retreat center in Northern California. TRANScend Retreat was able to book air flights and, in partnership with Homobiles, get folks from the airport to the retreat center 2.5hrs outside of the Bay Area. TRANScend Retreat is moving to a virtual plateform for 2020.
Janelle served as ambassador for the 2019 National Transgender March on Washington D.C.. Under her leadership as President of FLUX Bay Area Chapter she organized Oakland’s first Trans March in 2019. In her work, she strives for the advancement of transgender folks of color, specifically black transgender women and men