Staff

Rieko Shepherd

Rieko Shepherd

Policy Manager

Rieko Shepherd is the Policy Manager for AWN. Rieko is a civil rights advocate with a passion for centering and uplifting marginalized populations.  As a Black and Asian woman, she grew up navigating an array…

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Ellis Z. Sardorian

Ellis Z. Sardorian

Education & Program Assistant

Ellis Z. Sardorian (they/them) is an advocate, educator, and storyteller. They began advocating for themselves and their fellow disabled classmates in middle school. They are interested in creating spaces and systems to support people, rather than…

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Tony Alexander

Tony Alexander

Policy Manager

Tony Alexander is a policy advocate who has devoted his professional and personal life to improving and empowering marginalized groups. He is committed to using an approach rooted in intersectionality to create real, long-lasting change…

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Lydia X. Z. Brown

Director of Policy, Advocacy & External Affairs

Lydia X. Z. Brown is the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network’s Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs. They are a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal…

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Sharon daVanport

Executive Director

Sharon daVanport is a disability justice advocate, speaker, and educator who serves as the founding executive director of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN). Sharon’s work encompasses several aspects of the wider and cross-disability…

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