meet the board
Rachel kesley, co-founder
Rachel Kesley’s love for people is deeply rooted in her passion of living life to the fullest. Growing up in Tennessee and through living in various parts of the country, her sense of adventure has fueled her desire to meet and connect with people from all backgrounds. Becoming an Executive Chef at an early age taught her how to manage people in high intense environments while also producing beautiful dishes. Recently making a move into the brewing industry, Rachel’s passions and careers have been centered around bringing people together with food, beverage and great company. Throughout her life she has made it a priority to make sure people feel comfortable and welcomed in all situations, she has her grandmothers to thank for that. Whether that was as a chef in prominent vegetarian restaurants in Denver, Boulder and Manhattan, or as an active member of the LGBTQ community to now, as a fierce ally for transgender folks. With every obstacle comes an opportunity to help others while spreading acceptance, authenticity and love. Through co-founding The Transformative Freedom Fund, that is exactly the work she is passionate about continuing and won’t stop until everyone has been able to realize their right to being their most authentic selves.
marvyn allen, co-founder
Marvyn Allen is a queer, transgender person living their life outside the gender binary. His passion to serve the community began while growing up and studying in Illinois where he earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies while working with youth exiting foster care and as the manager for the Rainbow Café LGBT Youth Center. Since moving to Denver in 2010, they have served on the Board of Directors and facilitated genderqueer support groups for the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, as a volunteer Commissioner on Denver’s LGBTQ Commission, and as an advocate for LGBTQ youth in care. He is currently the Director of GIVE Denver at Denver Human Services supporting individuals and families meeting their basic needs through community donations, resources, and referrals. Marv began their legal and medical gender transition in 2013 and had the surgery that saved his life in 2015. Marv is grateful for the opportunity to live life as his authentic self, but also realizes that not all transgender people have the same access to needed healthcare. In January of 2017, Marv became one of three founders to start the Transformative Freedom Fund that seeks to support the authentic selves of transgender Coloradans by removing financial barriers to transition related healthcare.
anaya robinson, co-founder
Anaya Robinson is a latino trans man who began his transition journey to live his most authentic life in the beginning of 2016. His passion for creating the Transformative Freedom Fund is driven by his desire to support his beautiful trans community and use his privileges to leverage dollars to ensure that trans folks have access to their human right to live in this world as their most authentic selves. He hopes that this work will lead to the continuation of dismantling systems of privilege and oppression in anti-oppressive and trauma informed ways. Outside of TFF, he has served two AmeriCorps terms performing hands on service in various communities, rebuilding homes for low-income homeowners in Denver and doing beetle kill removal and fuels mitigation in forests around the Front Range. Currently, Anaya continues his dedication to public service through working with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging as a supervisor in the Colorado Choice Transitions program which transitions folks with disabilities out of skilled nursing facilities and back into the community in the Denver Metro area. Originally from Michigan, he now calls Denver home. Outside of his work, he can be found enjoying the mountains and cuddling with his dog.