Kilani Louis, MA | Community Outreach Specialist | Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs
Kilani Louis holds a Masters of Arts in Education (Counseling and Student Personnel) from San Jose State University. Prior to coming to the Office of LGBTQ Affairs as a Community Outreach Specialist, Louis was a founding staff member of the San Mateo County Pride Center where they were responsible for the development and implementation of outreach, training and education, and volunteer programs. At the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Louis is responsible for leading the LGBTQ+ Listening Tour where they travel to different cities across Santa Clara County to collect valuable feedback from community members. They are passionate about supporting people where they are at.
Contact Me About: LGBTQ+ Listening Tour, Request for Resources/Materials, Requesting our Office to Table or Present at your Organization/Event, Strategic Partnerships
Sera Fernando | Senior Management Analyst | Pronouns: She / Her / Hers / Siya
Sera Fernando comes from Microsoft as their Outreach Director for Microsoft's GLEAM LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and Experience Manager for Microsoft Stores. As an independent D&I communications consultant and social activist, she also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for Silicon Valley Pride, Board of Governor for the Human Rights Campaign Bay Area, and Councilmember for Women's Equality 2020. Locally, Sera organized the South Bay's first ever Transgender Rally at Silicon Valley Pride 2018, celebrating transgender, nonbinary, gender diverse, and allied folks, highlighting talent from the community. Sera leverages her platform in advocating for transgender intersectionality and social justice, speaking at multiple companies and community based organizations, driving home the importance of workplace equity, allyship, and lifting up the voice of LGBTQ+ storytellers worldwide.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sera grew up as the daughter of first generation Filipino immigrants in San Jose's Eastside and Evergreen neighborhoods, attending Silver Creek High School and graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. When she's not involved in community events and collaborations, you can catch her locally finding the next foodie destination, critiquing a multitude of coffee and milk tea spots, shopping for manga in cosplay, or posing and sharing her plant life on Instagram.
Contact Me About: Transgender Economic Empowerment, Transgender Recruitment and Retention, Transgender Programming and Policy, General Inquiries
Crystal Haney | Community Worker | Pronouns: She / Her / Hers / Ella
Crystal has spent most of her career providing direct services across a broad spectrum of communities. Her first job was working in a retirement community serving meals and cleaning the residents’ apartments, often spending her breaks chatting and playing games with them. She has more than 12 years of experience working in different support roles with young adults and adults with severe to moderate special needs, including over 10 years with the Santa Clara Office of Education as a Paraeducator in the CONNECT vocational training program.
An avid volunteer, Crystal spent time as a camp cook and later was the lead cook for Healing Waters, an organization providing wilderness adventures and whitewater rafting to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She began volunteering at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center in 2010 providing information and referral services, and later as an HIV Testing Counselor and support group facilitator. In mid-2013 she took on the role of Senior HIV Testing Counselor, managing the program on a volunteer basis. When the program was contracted to AACI she was hired on part time as a Program Specialist, later accepting a full-time position as Program Coordinator from 2016 to 2018. Crystal currently acts as co-chair for both the South Bay Transgender Day of Visibility and the San Jose Transgender Day of Remembrance, as well as sitting on the women’s events committee for SV Pride. She enjoys spending time with her partners and their cat Norabelle, hiking and traveling.
Contact Me About: Outreach
Cielo Oscuro | Coordinator / Public Ally | Pronouns: She / Her / They
Cielo is an activist, organizer, and trainer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Prior to joining the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, she worked as a Trainer facilitating gender inclusivity workshops for companies with Community Partners for two years. Cielo is passionate about the LGBTQ+ community, film photography, and animals.
Contact Me About: Step In, Speak Up, Transgender Economic Empowerment