Priscilla A. Hale
Priscilla A. Hale, MSW is currently the Executive Director of allgo and has been with the organization since 1998. She has extensive experience in the areas of community organizing, production of cultural work, nonprofit administration, program development, and implementation. She is an East Austin, Texas native who identifies as a Black Lesbian, mother, daughter, sister and grannie Cilla. She earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, and her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.
Having been in Austin for over 11 years, Bryan Garcia has made it his goal to use whatever influence he has to assist others in creating lives that they love. His interests include racial equity, dismantling weight stigma and fatphobia, and immigrant and worker’s rights. He has had the privilege of serving the community as a bilingual Domestic Violence Advocate, Healthy Relationship Educator, Wellness Facilitator and Culture Ambassador for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect, Youth Care Worker for LifeWorks/Youth and Family Alliance and on the Public Policy Committee for the Texas Council on Family Violence. As a bilingual queer Latinx, he is ready to continue doing his part in creating a safe world that empowers those who are often marginalized and oppressed to show up, come alive and thrive.
Mary González currently serves as a State Representative for El Paso County, as well as the Founder of Izel Consulting, a Leadership and Diversity Consulting Firm. Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters Degree from St. Edward’s University. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Cultural Studies in Education at UT-Austin.
Jose Juan Lara Jr.
Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS, has been involved with allgo since 2008 and was later appointed to the board as treasurer. Professionally, Jose Juan has been involved in the movement against gender violence since 1999 in Texas and has facilitated workshops at national, state, and local conferences on crisis intervention, systems advocacy for victims of family and sexual violence, and LGBTQ victims of interpersonal violence. Jose Juan is a project coordinator for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza, a national institute on domestic violence focusing on Latin@ communities. Prior to joining the National Latin@ Network, Jose Juan was the Senior Victim Services Program Specialist for Texas Advocacy Project in Austin; Legal Advocate Program Coordinator for Friendship of Women, Inc. in Brownsville; Case Manager Supervisor/Volunteer Coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cameron and Willacy Counties; and Director of Legal Services for the Family Crisis Center, Inc. in Harlingen. Jose Juan serves as board president for the Texas Victim Services Association and is a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center.
Lyndon K. Gill
Lyndon K. Gill was born in New York City and raised on all the Trinbagonian culture Jamaica, Queens would allow. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in African & African American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in African American Studies and Anthropology (with a Secondary Field in Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality) from Harvard University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies and in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology and Center for Africana Studies. Dr. Gill is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Francés Jones is Principal and Managing Attorney for the Law Office of Francés Jones, where she maintains a boutique private practice. She is also General Counsel /Business Affairs for Tap Creative, LLC.In addition, she is Chief Possibility Officer for Soul Matters Media Group, “a select company where soulmatters”®. Francés previously served as Chief Counsel, Global Consumer/ Chief Counsel, Head of Legal for publicly traded U.K. based Hibu Plc/Yell Group, a print and online advertising and ecommerce company, as well in Business & Legal Affairs for several international entertainment and media companies. A graduate of New York University School of Law, Ms. Jones is a senior executive with over 25 years of international experience in business & legal affairs, marketing & advertising, operations, strategic planning, and management, working with major Wall Street firms and international entertainment & media companies around the globe. She began her career as a Wall Street corporate & securities associate with Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and has subsequently held senior positions at Univision Communications / Univision Radio, PolyGram Records (Universal Music Group), Zomba/Jive/BMG (Sony Entertainment), and Green Mountain Energy Company. She also formerly served as a Music Commissioner for the City of Austin, TX, and she initiated and helped coordinate the successful 2008 Latin Grammys® in Houston, TX. Ms. Jones received her B.A. in International Relations from Knox College and is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Texas.
Martha Ramos Duffer
Martha Ramos Duffer, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist, speaker, trainer, and consultant based in Austin, Texas. She is the owner and founder of Quantum Possibilities, which provides a broad array of consulting, training, coaching and therapeutic services focused on liberation in the forms of healing and growth for individuals, healing and joyful relationships for couples, and creating healthy organizational cultures of belonging for organizations committed to becoming anti-racist. After earning her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, she has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at several universities in Texas, served as the Executive Director of allgo, a queer people of color non-profit organization focused on racial and social justice through cultural arts, community building and health services; provided psychological services through various agencies, hospitals and her own private practice; and spoken widely nationally and regionally. A frequent guest on Univision’s Despierta Austin and keynote speaker at conferences around the country, Dr. Ramos Duffer has become a sought after speaker in the areas of anti-racist organizations, racial justice, cultures of belonging, healing, motivation, secondary trauma prevention, and wellness.
Following his graduation from the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin in 2009, Luis immediately joined UT-Austin as a full-time employee with the School of Architecture. He quickly climbed the administrative ladder, finding himself in roles such as Senior Administrative Associate with the Office of the President and Administrative Manager with Dell Medical School. Recently, through a connection via a political training program, Luis learned of the opportunity to enter the world of Fluence by OSRAM, a lighting solutions company. He applied and was hired in April 2020, as the executive assistant to the CEO, a strange transition amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Luis lives with his partner in northwest Austin with their adopted Great Pyreness, Appa.