MAVEN LEADERSHIP COHORT ORLANDO
Maven Leadership Cohort Orlando is building a movement of queer and trans social entrepreneurs of color and our allies to radically redefine leadership, the spaces we occupy and the impact we have.
Maven Leadership Collective welcomes the new group of talented social impact leaders to our growing community. Their interests range from crisis response to equity and inclusion in business to name a few. Mavens are leading the way on many complex issues facing Central Florida. We are excited to embark on this eight-month journey of learning form each other and sharing our creative solutions with the community we serve.
Christopher J. Cuevas (they, them, theirs) is the executive director of QLatinx, an LGBTQ+ Latinx grassroots organization that seeks to center and empower the most marginalized members of our community, establish affirming and supportive healing spaces, build a strong and united community, and work towards a society free of fear, violence, and hate. During their time in Maven, Christopher will develop a plan to prepare members of QLatinx with greater responsibility in delivering advocacy and policy trainings related to HIV prevention and harm reduction, immigration, gender justice, and racial justice.
Yasmin Flasterstein (She/Her/Hers) is committed to creating a culturally affirming drop-in and respite center that prevents crisis and sustains wellness in Central Florida. She is the Orlando United Counseling Program Director/Reflections Co-Director for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida.
As Founder of The Bros in Convo Initiative, Daniel J. Downer (He/Him/His) has quickly become one of the leading voices for HIV education, prevention, and testing. While in Maven, Daniel will advance Project Y.E.A.H (Youth Education in Arts Advocacy in HIV), an innovative HIV education project for bisexual, same gender loving, and trans men of color ages 18 - 24 that uses art to help combat some of the cultural factors contributing to HIV stigma including: homophobia, transphobia, and racism.
With his time as a Maven, Joél Junior Morales (he/him/his) is designing a community assessment and response to address the needs of LGBTQ victims of violence in Central Florida to better assist them in navigating service providers and law enforcement. Joél currently serves as the Community Partnership Developer of the OrlandoUnitedAssistanceCenter—Heart of Florida United Way where he is responsible for serving as a community liaison charged with introducing OUAC’s programs and services.
Rowan Johnson (he/him/his) is a technical director at one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. He has recently started a nascent employee resource group (ERG) comprised of all dimensions of diversity, intended to shift departmental culture change with respect to diversity in talent acquisition, casting, the product created, and the market served. He believes that the experience Maven promises would significantly impact his ability to influence change, champion cultural competency, and move his team’s work into the future.
Gabriella Rodriguez (she/her/hers) is committed to reducing stigma around bisexual women of color in order to slow the rate of infection for HIV. For her Maven project, she will build a coalition of key community stakeholders to develop a common vision for program implementation, service delivery, and policy formulation. Gabriella serves a case manager with the Orlando United Assistance Center.