Board of Directors

GSA Network’s Board of Directors is a unique partnership between youth and adults, committed to advancing the leadership and mission of GSA Network.

Student leaders from GSA clubs and GSA organizations across the US work in partnership with adult board members to lead the movement to unite trans and queer youth for racial and gender justice. 

  Sam Alavi

Sam Alavi is a current graduate student at Stanford University studying higher education and nonprofit administration. She has had the pleasure of being on the board of GSA Network for over 6 years. Prior to serving on the board, she was a youth trainer for GSA Network. Sam has also previously worked at UC Davis’ Cross Cultural Center and served on UC Office of the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence. Sam is passionate about issues of QTPOC justice, as well as sexual violence prevention, mental health advocacy, and higher education policy.

Kristen Burzynski

Kristen Burzynski is a legal fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she focuses on statewide civil rights and civil liberties with an emphasis on the rights of LGBTQ New Yorkers and transgender/gender nonconforming students. During law school, Kristen advocated for student and LGBTQ rights at the ACLU LGBT and HIV Project, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU of Southern California, and Public Counsel. She represented clients in the UC Irvine School of Law Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, as well as the International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to law school, Kristen was a 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher in Oakland, CA, where she sat on Teach for America’s Diversity and Inclusion Board.

Kristen holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Loyola Marymount University, and a J.D. from The University of California, Irvine, School of Law, where she was awarded high honors for her pro-bono achievements. When she's not working, Kristen is discovering Brooklyn's outdoor eateries with her wife and two dogs.


Sophie Fanelli

Sophie Fanelli is a Senior Program Officer, Education, at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.  She plays a key role in advancing the Foundation’s goal to provide opportunities for students to be engaged, learn, and achieve in schools through the development of effective education systems. Previously, she served as Director of Research & Policy at Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA where she oversaw public policy and legislative efforts focused on education reform, equity and access, and student and parent engagement. Her range of experience also includes work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California where she focused on advancing education equity, LGBTQ equality, immigration rights, the needs of at risk youth, and advocacy for the homeless. Sophie was also a Board Member for Immigration Equality which fights for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Sophie received her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate, both from Faculte de Droit d’Aix-en-Provence in France, and a Masters in Legal History and Political Science from Universita La Sapienza, in Rome, Italy.


Madeleine Fischer

Madeleine Fischer is currently a junior at Edison High School in Fresno, California. She serves as the vice-president of the Edison GSA, and has worked with GSA Network through the Central Valley Youth Council for the past two years. As a member of Youth Council, she has worked to advocate for the protection of LGBT+ youth within her own school district and those in the surrounding communities. As a member of the Board, she hopes to further her activism by utilizing her talents to help a broader group of constituents. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, practicing yoga, and studying for academic decathlon.


Amanda Goad, Co-Chair

Amanda is an attorney focusing on LGBTQ Rights at the ACLU of Southern California.  She previously worked at Inner City Law Center,  the New York City Law Department, the national ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, and a pro bono name change project for transgender individuals. In 2015, Amanda was named to the national LGBT Bar Association’s annual list of 40 Best LGBT Lawyers under the age of 40.

Amanda is an alum of Harvard Law School, Rice University, and Teach for America. Outside of social justice work, she can often be found hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains or playing with her cats.


Logan Henderson

Logan is a student at Dartmouth College, pursuing a degree Native American Studies, African American Studies, and Digital Arts. He has been involved with GSA Network programing since 2010, joining the board in 2012 before taking a break for school, and coming back in 2015. Logan is a proponent for racial, economic, and gender justice, queer rights, disability rights, and community healing on his college campus. In his spare time, Logan does his homework and takes long walks in the wilderness.


Maj Jenkins

Maj is a senior at George Washington High School in San Francisco and a future graphic design major. Born and raised in San Francisco, they are proud to represent the city in their action. They first became involved in activism through their high school's GSA and GSAN's Activist Camp. Today, they are the president of their high school’s GSA, a member of GSAN’s Youth Council, and a member of SFUSD’s Student Health Advisory Board. They prioritize advocacy for especially LGBT Asian people, solidarity between marginalized groups, and the power of the working class. They have worked for California Lawyers for the Arts’ program, Spotlight on the Arts, as a design & communications intern for The Imagine Bus Project and Root Division, two Bay Area nonprofits that stand for youth arts education. They unwind relaxing by the San Francisco Bay or replaying their favorite video games such as The Witcher 3.

  Danny Orsburn, Treasurer

Danny is a director at PwC in the Financial Markets team where he focuses on the valuation of portfolio companies. He has spent 12 years with the firm and works with a diverse client base comprised of venture capital and private equity firms as well as corporate investment entities. Danny has been performing financial reporting, tax, and strategic valuations for over 14 years. He is also a leader in PwC’s OPEN (Out Professional Employee Network) group and with the firm's youth financial literacy initiative (Earn Your Future). He has been involved in Kiwanis International through Key Club and membership and executive board positions in the NYC Young Professional and San Francisco Kiwanis Clubs. Originally from West Virginia, Danny has a B.S.B.A from West Virginia University with double majors in Finance and Management Information Systems and is a founding member of WVU’s College of Business and Economics’ Young Professional Network. Having found career opportunities in New York, London and now San Francisco, Danny enjoys travel, food, the outdoors, and bikram yoga.

Oliver Venzon

Oliver Venzon is a senior at Monta Vista High School and a future PoliSci major. He’s the current president of his school’s GSA and also a member of the GSA Network’s Youth Council, and also works with the LGBTQ+ Youthspace in San Jose to plan the annual South Bay Youth Pride Festival and South Bay GSA Summit. He’s an advocate of racial, gender, economic, and disability justice, and is very excited to be a part of the Board. In his free time, he likes to write and drink lots of coffee.


Sterling Waldman

Sterling is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri studying Women's and Gender Studies. They are a senator in their student government, having passed several pieces of legislation, including increasing the number of gender-neutral bathrooms and writing a new preferred name policy that allows trans students to have their name on transcripts. They previously served on the board of Missouri GSA Network and on the National Youth Council throughout high school. They are the youngest person certified to the National Sexuality Education Standards in the state of Missouri. They feel it is a great honor to be able to serve on the GSA Network board, and hope to continue to organize with queer and trans youth throughout the rest of their life.


Monroe Yeung

Monroe Yeung is a History student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a JusticeCorps Member at the Van Nuys Superior Court, helping self-represented litigants navigate in pro per with civil and housing cases. Previously, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the U.S. House of Representatives. At school, Monroe serves as a Justice on the Judicial Board. She is also writing an honors thesis on transgender resistance in the carceral state.

A transgender daughter of a janitor, her aspiration is to one day serve her Oakland community as a Deputy Public Defender and Superior Court Judge in the same county courthouse her father cleaned for sixteen years.

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