GSA Network Staff


David Bracamontes, Administrative Manager

Born and raised in Los Angeles, David now calls Northern California home. His organizing, planning and activism began as a student leader with the MultiCultural Center (MCC) of Humboldt State University. After earning a degree in Communication as well as working in sexual assault prevention education and alcohol and other drug prevention, David returned to the MCC as the Program and Outreach Coordinator. The role solidified David’s passion for planning and organizing that contributes to authentic positive social change. In 2007 David transitioned his work to residential housing programs in the college and university settings working with The Art Institute of California, Humboldt State and San Francisco State Universities. David’s personal and professional passions combined when he became a founding member of the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Currently David serves the Bay Area as a member of the San Francisco Sisters. David is thrilled to join the GSA Network team where the organization’s mission aligns with his personal passion.


Ginna Brelsford, Co-Executive Director

Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Ginna is a highly qualified administrator with progressive leadership experience, who managed GSA Network’s finance and operations as Finance and Administrative Director before becoming Co-Executive Director. Ginna joined GSA Network’s staff in 2011 where she has served as a member of the Executive and Management Teams. A graduate of Smith College, Ginna has over 10 years of nonprofit financial and operations experience having previously been employed at MassEquality, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. In her tenure at GSA Network, Ginna has overseen organizational human resources and operational needs in a rapid expansion of staff and infrastructure, including expansion to another state. Ginna became Co-Executive Director in 2015 and is also an Arcus Foundation Leadership Fellow. When not at GSA Network, Ginna enjoys traveling around California's wine country with her wife, Jill.


Juniper Cordova-Goff, Trans Youth Justice Organizer

While attending Azusa High School, Juniper began her career at GSA Network’s Activist Camp. She quickly grew invested in the organization, traveling the nation as a Youth Trainer and mentor. She has since focused on the intersectional movement of low-no income queer and trans people of color. Juniper prides herself in her radical feminist identity as well as being a community college student at Citrus College. She is the first non-binary transgender person of color to be elected to the position of Student Trustee on the Citrus College Board of Trustees. As a political science major, Juniper is working to transfer to New York University where she will specify her studies toward queer and brown movements. For now, she is beyond excited to work for the organization that served as the platform for her own development, guiding the next transgender youth leaders of tomorrow. Juniper continues her work to ensure that her nibling Adrian will grow up in a society that truly appreciates diversity and is able to thrive in any identify they shall embrace for themself.

  Christopher Covington, Southern California Local Community Organizer

As a proud product of Long Beach, California. Christopher Covington has dedicated his life to a future where all students who have historically been marginalized, made invisible, and unheard are uplifted and empowered to challenge and deconstruct the systems of oppression. As a multi-racial, gay young man of color growing up in poverty he was determined that he would not be boxed in by the limitations others placed on him. His dedication and determination to advancing issues and creating real systems change led him to begin organizing his community. He is honored to have grown from organizations such as the California Conference for Equality and Justice, Khmer Girls in Action, Every Student Matters Campaign, The California Endowment and the National Dignity in Schools Campaign. He specialized in building true partnerships between students and members of City Councils, School Boards, California State Legislature and the U.S. Department of Education on issues of inclusion, working families, school to prison pipeline and restorative justice that led to major policy wins.
  Cathy Chu, Southern California Regional Manager

Cathy is a second-generation Cantonese / Asian American tenderqueer born and raised in the middle-class suburbs of New Jersey. An East Coaster until last year, they moved to Los Angeles to study and research education and youth resistance from a race and ethnic studies critical lens at UCLA. Prior to GSA Network, Cathy was the Youth Leadership Manager at SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), a LGBTQ youth leadership organization in Washington, DC. Cathy also worked as a Youth Organizer in Silver Spring, MD, coordinating youth-driven media campaigns against deportation and for immigrant rights and justice. Currently, Cathy builds with Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, an all-volunteer LA-based organization fighting displacement and gentrification, and supports Summer Activist Training, a 3-day organizing skills training for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in Women's and Gender Studies. Growing up as a queer high schooler and GSA member who proudly thought being a lesbian meant being less Asian, Cathy is committed to and energized by GSA Network’s vision of racial and gender justice led by youth leaders embracing the intersections. In their spare time they enjoy cooking, eating, karaoke practice sessions, friendly board game competition, and a good dance party. Cathy doesn't really like pronouns but is usually cool with a confusing mix of they/them/theirs and she/her/hers.
  Anna Davis, Lead Organizer, Southeastern Region

Anna C. Davis was born and raised in Mississippi, and has been a youth organizer there for over ten years. Anna first became involved in youth organizing at college where she led the university’s Gay Straight Alliance. Recognizing a need to connect to other youth leaders in the state, she and several other young leaders started the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC). She went on to study mass media, race, and culture and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in mass communications from The University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, Anna has been working as part of the Better Together Cohort of Southern-based Racial and LGBTQ Justice organizations. As a Southern organizer, Anna works to lift up Southern voices in national discussions about social justice work as well as working to reframe national dialogues about the South to highlight the communities of resistance which have always existed there. 
  Alexander De Leon, Southern California Field Organizer

Alexander is invested to a civil rights movement with an emphasis on queer identities that can comprise racial and economic justice for low-income working class trans queer youth of color. Alexander’s introduction to movement building began with organizing community on buses and in schools in Los Angeles. In addition, Alex has organized workers with Jobs with Justice – SF for Our Wal-Mart campaign through their time at the School of Unity in Liberation Summer School. Alex passionately believes our liberation will not come without everyday steps in the re-imagining of a stronger healthier tomorrow for our realities. De Leon oversees and leads Queer Boys and Men of Color fellowship, in addition works to bridge Southern California’s regional circuit of GSA’s to school discipline and education justice campaigns. When not organizing they enjoy dancing, site seeing, and dynamic multimedia art.
  Aldo Gallardo, Northern California Regional Organizer

Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Tampa, Florida, Aldo now calls the East Bay home. A community organizer and nonprofit professional, Aldo is passionate about queer/trans* justice, racial and economic equity, immigrant rights, and inclusive faith and spirituality. Prior to joining GSA Network, Aldo coordinated a drop-in space for queer/trans* youth in Oakland, where they supported three local GSAs in the Fruitvale and West Oakland neighborhoods, facilitated trainings on sex education and anti-oppression topics, and collaborated with services providers to link resources to Oakland LGBTQ youth. Aldo has also advocated for LGBTQ access to healthcare and domestic violence victims in San Diego, tenants' rights and access to education in Chicago, and youth empowerment in Tampa. Aldo has a BA in sociology with a minor in Latina/o studies from Northwestern University, where they were inducted to the DERU Senior Leadership Honor Society for their activism on issues of diversity and inclusion. Aldo also studied Spanish language and literature as an exchange student at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and taken graduate courses in law and policy. Aldo is a 2015 New Leaders Council Oakland Fellow.
  Michelle Guevara-Pozas, Development Director

Inspired by the wave of massive pro-immigration reform protests in 2006, Michelle started a career in social justice that same year with a focus on immigrant rights and Latino empowerment.  She has worked for nonprofits in California, Florida, and Texas, and brings 7 years of experience in fund development, communications, and organizational management to her role as Development Director at GSA Network. 

Prior to working in the nonprofit industry, Michelle was a journalist for both English and Spanish-language media outlets in Miami and San Antonio, covering Latin American politics and economics as well as issues impacting Latinos in the U.S.  Michelle holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Economics from Boston College.
  Sarah Hyde, New Media Organizer

Sarah Jane Hyde grew up moving around in a military family before going to college in Southern California, where she studied social work and discovered her passion for violence prevention, social organizing, and community education. After graduating, she moved to the Bay Area and completed a public policy fellowship with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and an internship with the Public Education and Campaigns department at Futures Without Violence. She hopes to be a lifelong learner and activist, and is constantly looking for opportunities to expand her understanding of the systems that impact our world. She currently also works as the Prevention Coordinator at Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments. When she isn’t lost 56 weeks back on Instagram, she’s cooking and doing yoga.
  Marc Navarro, Fresno GSA Organizer

Marcus Navarro was born, and still lives in the Central Valley of California. His first exposure to GSA Network, and the LGBTQ community, was as a member of his high school club his freshman year. Since then his involvement and dedication for the organization has grown every year. He spent all of high school as a youth leader and activist, traveling across the Central Valley to connect and educate other youth on issues being faced by the community. In 2015 he become a staff member with GSA Network and is helping to sharpen the leadership skills of the next generation of youth leaders in the central valley. Marc’s passion for helping the LGBTQ community stems from his own queer identity along with his desire to make safer communities for others and that relate to the struggles present for all minority individuals.

Rhina Ramos, Director of California Programs

Rhina Ramos was born in El Salvador, and arrived in the US at age 14. Since very early in life, Rhina learned that justice is only attainable by a lifelong commitment to defend human rights.  Being an immigrant, Rhina experienced first hand the pain of invisibility. Her professional life includes being a labor rights lawyer, a social justice organizer and trainer. Fueled by her dream and passion to fight for social justice, Rhina graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in 1995. She led the legal department at a workers’ center in Long Island, New York, where her team recuperated over half a million dollars in unpaid wages and benefits owed to immigrant workers. During her 20 years of work in the non-profit sector, she has worked tirelessly for education justice, ending mass incarceration of people of color, labor rights, immigrant rights, domestic violence prevention, environmental justice and international solidarity. She served as the Director of Programs at The Ella Baker Center (EBC) for two years as part of their Executive Team.  At EBC, Rhina had the opportunity to support the work on local, statewide and national campaigns to end the mass incarceration of youth of color including the Books Not Bars Campaign. She holds a Masters in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Rhina became an ordained minister by the United Church of Christ (UCC) in May 2012. In December 2011, she created and is still leading the first Latino Immigrant Open and Affirming LGBTQ UCC congregation of Northern California. She currently serves on the board of two non-profits that do environmental justice and LGBTQ Advocacy in El Salvador, EcoViva and ALDES (Legal Assistance for Sexual Diversity in El Salvador).

Tomas Rodriguez, Project Coordinator, Safe and Supportive Schools Project 

A Sacramento native, Tomas's experiences growing up in a low-income household informed his dedication and belief in work that empowers individuals. His roots in social change began as a high school student during the passage of Proposition 8. Witnessing the varying social injustices that marginalized communities faced, he sought opportunities to get involved and fight for justice. While attending San Francisco State University, he served as a Corps Member and Team Leader in Jumpstart, an early education organization focusing on closing the educational achievement gap. During this time, he worked as a grassroots fundraiser on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union, focusing on LGBT-rights campaigns. Tomas developed his interest in working with queer youth as a Research Intern for the Beyond Bullying Project, a digital storytelling project that aims to unravel LGBTQ sexuality issues in high schools. Having earned a BA in Sociology and minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies from SFSU, he has a passion for understanding the experiences and intersectionalities of queer people. When not working he can be found cooking at home, riding his bike, or lip syncing guilty pleasures on BART.
  Christopher White, Director of the Safe and Supportive Schools Project

Chris was raised in Odessa in the desert plains of West Texas, where “real” men played football or worked on oilrigs. Growing up as an effeminate, smart, gay boy and inspired by the determination of his teen parents, he has chosen a life-long career of activism, advocacy, and research with regards to LGBT rights and sexual/reproductive health and rights, particularly for young people. Chris earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and went on to earn an MA from New York University in human sexuality education before returning to UT for his doctorate in health promotion. He was the cofounder of the Gay Youth Media Project, a collaboration between OutYouth Austin and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and his research has focused on preparing teachers and others who work with young people to meet the needs of LGBT youth. He was most recently the Director of Education and Training at the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University and is adjunct faculty in the Human Sexuality Program at Widener University. When he’s not striving to promote the health and well being of young people, Chris can usually be found at a dance class, riding his bike, or exploring the Bay Area.
  Geoffrey Winder, Co-Executive Director

A former high school activist and GSA leader, Geoffrey has been working with GSA Network since his time as a youth council leader in 1999 and brings over 15 years of social justice youth organizing experience to his leadership role. Geoffrey served as a governing board member from 2001 to 2005 and was GSA Network’s Board Co-Chair in 2004. He joined GSA Network’s full time staff in 2008 and most recently served as the organization’s Sr. Manager of the Racial and Economic Justice program, a program he developed and led since its inception in 2011. Under his leadership, GSA Network’s Racial and Economic Justice work developed into a signature program raising GSA Network’s national profile as a voice for LGBTQ youth of color and is largely credited with shifting the national narrative on LGBTQ youth anti-bullying policies and punitive school discipline while highlighting the issues of LGBTQ youth pushout. Geoffrey has represented GSA Network and the issues facing LGBTQ youth of color in schools on panels about school discipline hosted by the White House, Ford Foundation, Gill Foundation, The California Endowment, and in federal hearings by DOE’s Office of Civil Rights. He became Co-Executive Director in 2015 and currently supports GSA Network’s California and National program teams in ensuring all LGBTQ youth access to quality education. He has his BA from New York University's Gallatin School in Change Theory and Globalization. He is a 2015 Arcus Foundation Leadership Fellow.


About Us

Find us on Facebook!

The Honor Roll

Become a leader in the fight against homophobia and transphobia. Join the Honor Roll, GSA Network's major donor program, and enjoy the many benefits of being among GSA Network's top supporters.