New York, NY
Bali White, long interested in health factors impacting global transgender communities, is an honors graduate from Columbia University with bachelor's and master's degrees. Bali has extensive experience in the public health sector. Currently, she manages the CDC-funded initiatives for young trans women and MSM in the ballroom community. She was the Coordinator of transgender programming while at Housing Works, has been a research assistant and phlebotomist for NDRI's Transgender Project and an Assistant Project Director on House Ball Study (HBS), an ethnographic study of the House/Ball community (a largely NYC queer of color social network). Other organizations she's worked with include the NYC Dept of Health and Harlem United. Last year Bali was given a commendation by the NYC Comptroller for outstanding work, advocacy and research for trans community and "years of public service with the NYCDOH and Housing Works."
Bali is also a community organizer and advocate addressing transgender identity, legal, health care and social concerns at the national, state and local levels; she recently served on the Board of Directors for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which provides free legal services for trans people of color and low income trans people. She has also traveled extensively to meet and network with transgender groups abroad; she's visited India three times and is currently planning her trip to Kenya and other East African countries.