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Ellen “Manny” Vaz joined FIERCE in 2009 as Communications Director responsible for the organization’s communications strategies and media advocacy initiatives.
Prior to joining FIERCE, Manny was communications coordinator for Geoffrey Knox & Associates where he helped create and carry out progressive communication strategies for organizations working on issues such as sexual health and rights, education, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ rights, global health and human rights, disability justice and child welfare reform. Manny worked closely on national messaging campaigns, including the National Sexuality Resource Center’s Sexual Literacy Campaign and on media campaigns for Scenarios USA, the Black Youth Project, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. She has also served as a communications consultant for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Ipas, and Center Lane: Westchester County’s only community center for LGBTQ youth.
He is a proud member of Switch n’ Play, a New York-based drag alliance dedicated to strengthening LGBTQ communities by fostering safe spaces for gender-based performance art.