Joey Espinoza-Hernández
Director of Policy

Joey is a life-long advocate of LGBTQ+ civil and human rights. Growing up queer, nonbinary and a child of immigrants, they were motivated to dedicate their work to LGBTQ+ rights and has committed over a decade to mobilizing the LGBTQ+ community. Their vision is to engage in vigorous settings to debate, deconstruct, and analyze the various components of American politics and governance. Having a demonstrated history of advocating for LGBTQ+ liberation within and despite public policy, Joey has centered their work around consistently having conversations on how to prioritize LGBTQ issues within the larger framework of the needs of all people. Currently, they are the Director of Policy and Community Building at the Los Angeles LGBT Center where they direct the Center’s policy advocacy, grassroots community organizing, national LGBTQ institute on intimate partner violence, and international programs to protect and expand the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

Terra Russell-Slavin
Chief Impact Officer

In her more than 16 years at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Terra has served as the Director of Policy and Community Building and Lead Staff Attorney. During that time, she has regularly worked in coalitions at the local, state, and national level. Terra is a subject-matter expert on issues related to LGBTQ domestic violence and chairs the LGBTQ Subject Matter Committee for the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She was a leader in the efforts to obtain the first ever non-discrimination provisions in federal law based on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act . As Chief Impact Officer, Terra works to advance LGBTQ rights and participates in all organizational decision-making as a member of the senior management team. She has executive oversight of all human services at the Center, including homeless youth services, senior services, policy and advocacy, and legal services. She oversees the Center’s National LGBTQ Institute on IPV.

Amanda Gould (she/they)
Senior Program Manager

Amanda Gould is the Senior Program Manager of the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence. Amanda has been supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence for nearly a decade, working in the field as a survivor advocate, crisis responder, case manager, support group facilitator, forensic exam advocate, and violence prevention educator. They have worked with domestic violence and sexual assault service providers on a local and national level to improve their ability to better support LGBTQ+ survivors through community-specific training, technical assistance, changes in policies and procedures, and creating and running a support group for LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence. Amanda is deeply passionate about supporting survivors from an intersectional perspective that takes into account survivors’ intersecting identities and lived experiences.