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National Center for Transgender Equality names new executive director

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen

Well, it’s time!

I am so happy to be passing the baton to NCTE's Deputy Executive Director Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen! He will succeed me as Executive Director starting today!
I’ve known Rigo for a long time and have been honored to work alongside him and see up close his strong commitment to advocating for policy change for trans people. He’s been working with me on all of NCTE’s policy and communications efforts since he came to NCTE.

He has been integral in our internal transformation over the last year as we’ve been on a deep racial justice journey, examining every facet of the organization, updating policies, and changing internal culture to foster a more just and diverse workplace where everyone can thrive. I look forward to witnessing the continued growth of NCTE under his leadership.

While it is so hard to say goodbye to this organization that I love so much, I could not be happier that NCTE’s board of directors has selected him to be the organization’s next leader.

To sit where I am now, seeing all the progress that’s been made, that I got to be part of this trans movement, we’ve created this LGBTQ movement, and that means together we have made a real difference.

For that, I thank you for this journey and for all you have done to make NCTE the powerful organization that it is.


Mara Keisling

Founding Executive Director

National Center for Transgender Equality