Annie Van Avery
Annie has more than fifteen years of nonprofit leadership experience including two previous roles as an Executive Director. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice, youth outreach, and advocacy work throughout her career and volunteer commitments. Annie grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has experience with community outreach work in cities on both coasts as well as rural communities. She has a gay father, a lesbian mother, and is herself the mother to two daughters, ages two and fifteen. Annie and her family live in Seattle, Washington.
National Program Director
Robin Marquis was brought into the world by a lesbian mother, a bisexual mother and a queer father. Raised in rural northern New Mexico, she found her pride in her family by connecting to a community of peers dedicated to gender, sexuality and racial justice. Robin has a self designed degree from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University titled, “Empowerment Education through the Environment and Creative Arts,” with an LGBT Cultural Studies minor. Robin has worked in the Pacific Northwest with Powerful Voices, Camp Ten Trees, YouthCare, and Teen Link providing social justice, creative healing and youth empowerment programming for youth from marginalized communities. Robin lives in Oakland with her partner.
Jesse Sgambati is an activist, musician and producer who has been artistically involved in many social justice projects and benefit concerts in his hometown. A 2nd Gen COLAGEr he has been involved with COLAGE his entire life and worked as a volunteer staff member for the first time during Family Week 2014. Jesse lives in Syracuse New York with his two dad’s and two dogs.