The talent and wisdom of HUE’s Board is a force for change
Jamie Coker-Robertson is an established Public Relations consultant with over 15 years experience in Media/Public Relations and Marketing. She is currently the Owner and CEO of JCR Consulting, a full service Public Relations and Project Management consulting firm. Jamie has an extensive background in Product Launches, LGBT Communities, LGBT Inclusive Curriculum, Entertainment, Community and Brand Partnerships, Non-Profit Development, and Innovative Event Planning. Prior to opening JCR Consulting, Jamie was the Project and Development Manager for the ONE Archives, the largest LGBTQ archive in the world.
While at ONE Archives, Jamie co-created the first LGBT inclusive high school history curriculum for L.A. County, bringing comprehensive LGBT inclusive history to the classrooms of thousands of high school students in Los Angeles for the first time. In addition to being on the board of History UnErased, Jamie currently serves as a Point Foundation Mentor to an LGBT Point Scholar. She has presented LGBT history curriculum workshops at conferences all over country, including the Cal State Los Angeles FAIR Act Symposium, 2014 National Social Studies Conference, and the 2013 Stonewall National Education Project Education Symposium.
Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld has been a champion for LGBTQ rights – through authorship and activism – for more than 40 years. Warren is a former teacher at the Perkins School for the Blind, former Associate Professor at the School of Education at Iowa State University, and currently in the College of Education, UMASS Amherst.
Warren is the author of Warren’s Words: Smart Commentary on Social Justice; Co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice; Editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price; Co-author of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life: Co-Editor of Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States; Co-Researcher and Co-Author: 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People; Co-Editor of Butler Matters: Judith Butler’s Impact on Feminist and Queer Studies; and Author of AIDS and Your Religious Community. Warren also serves as an editorial blogger for The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and Tikkun Daily.
J.B. Mayo is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. J.B.’s work centers on social studies education and the development of future social studies instructors in K-12 and college settings and has taught eight different courses within the department and advised/supervised teacher candidates in area school districts.
J.B.’s research focuses on diversity, social justice, and multicultural teaching and learning within the social studies and has professionally explored various LGBTQ themes, including the experiences of queer/questioning teachers and students, members of Gay Straight Alliances, and Two Spirit Native Americans. His published articles on these topics appear in Educational Researcher, Theory & Research in Social Education, the Journal of Social Studies Research, Multicultural Perspectives, The Social Studies, and the Journal of International Social Studies.
Janson Wu has served as GLAD’s executive director since December 2014, following nine years as a staff attorney and then deputy director. Janson has been deeply involved in the rights of LGBT elders, family law and parentage, employment benefits, transgender rights, DOMA, and marriage equality. In addition to his litigation, Janson has been extensively involved in GLAD’s legislative and policy work throughout New England.
In 2012, Janson received the David Carliner Award from the American Constitution Society, and in 2011 he was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. He was also a 21st Century Fellow with the Pipeline Project, which is dedicated to cultivating leadership among LGBT people of color.
Janson is featured in HUE’s Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing “Homosexuality” inquiry kit.
Twiggy Pucci Garcon is a Senior Program Manager for the True Colors Fund, an organization working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. Twiggy has vast experience in community organizing, especially in specialized health care initiatives including HIV/STD and substance abuse prevention, education and intervention programs. In addition, Twiggy cultivates and nurtures relationships with other organizations that offer quality services for LGBTQ youth.
Twiggy is an icon within the kiki scene in New York City which is organized and led by LGBTQ youth of color. Twiggy’s activism within the creative spaces of kiki and the house and ballroom scene is deeply connected to the 1920s Harlem Renaissance and presents a path for Twiggy to engage local, national and international communities on issues of discrimination and marginalization of people of color – especially LGBTQ youth.
Jennifer Selwyn is an adjunct History professor at Portland State University and California State University, Sacramento, with specialties in pre-modern European and world history, as well as religious and gender history, and the history of sexuality. The daughter of Herbert Selwyn, an attorney who played a pioneering role in providing legal support to the LGBT community in Los Angeles from the 1950s-1980s, Jennifer is both an academic and a long-time political and social justice activist for LBGTQ rights, among other struggles. She earned her PhD in History from the University of California, Davis in 1997, after also working for several years with at-risk youth as a high school History teacher in the San Francisco public schools.
Today, Jennifer teaches both conventional, face-to-face courses, as well as teaching and creating innovative curriculum in the online environment. She has worked for several years with undergraduate students planning to pursue teaching careers in K-12 education, focusing on developing pre-modern World history curriculum and teaching methodologies that present inclusive perspectives and incorporate diverse communities. She lives with her family in the Sacramento, California area.
Chris Schleicher is a writer and performer from Los Angeles, CA. He is currently a writer/producer on Hulu’s The Mindy Project, where he has worked since 2013. Originally from Winchester, MA, Chris spent his formative years as a competitive pairs figure skater with his younger sister, Molly. Chris graduated from Harvard University in 2009 with a degree in English. At Harvard, he acted in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and became the first openly gay president of The Harvard Lampoon. After college, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.
In addition to his television work on The Mindy Project, Chris also writes and performs in live shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, including Buzz & Diane: The #2 Brother-Sister Variety Act of 1979, WANTED FOR MURDER: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys, and All-American Boy: The Greatest Sailor Musical of 1941.
Fun Fact: Chris’s mother, Peggy, attended History UnErased’s first summer seminar for educators.