Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

Celebrating 35 years of mobilizing
        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
1982 – 2017



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Kristina Wertz
kristina@lgbtfunders.org

Director of Engagement

Kristina joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues as the Director of Engagement in 2013. She has a deep commitment to social justice with over a decade of experience advocating for LGBTQ communities as an attorney and policy advocate. Kristina's track record includes litigating a number of groundbreaking transgender rights cases and expanding legislative protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people in California.

Most recently, as Director of Policy and Programs at the Transgender Law Center (TLC), Kristina lead multidisciplinary advocacy and movement building programs focused on healthcare access and economic justice. She also served as TLC's Legal Director, litigating cases regarding identity documents, employment discrimination, access to public institutions and student safety. Kristina has conducted countless law and policy trainings for LGBTQ community members, employers, attorneys, social service providers, healthcare providers and other audiences. Prior to her role at TLC, Kristina practiced as a civil rights litigator, focusing on employment discrimination and housing rights. Kristina was named a "Top Lawyer Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2011. She is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School.

Kristina is a proud San Francisco native (and SF Giants fan) who also calls New York home. She lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her girlfriend, Kara Desiderio, an advocate for healthcare access, and their tiny dog Lionel.