About Us

Uniting Educating Empowering

Mission

To provide multicultural, educational events and programs to empower women who identify as lesbians, bisexual, trans or queer through the intersection of art and technology.

Vision

To create sustainable, vibrant, and inclusive communities for lesbians and bisexual women of all ages, creeds, races living in greater Los Angeles. We value diversity, cultural expression, education, and equality.

Board of Directors

Chris Baldwin

President, Board of Directors

Chris Baldwin is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, and is the founder and managing partner at Fight Fit LA, LLC.. Chris is a former board member of the NIA Collective and has over 10 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit LGBT community.

Alana Roshay

Board Advisor

Alana Roshay is an award-winning feminist lesbian activist and Vice Chair of Stonewall Legislative Committee. She is also the co-founder of lesbian social events such as ``Lez Do Brunch`` located in West Hollywood which reclaims safe spaces for queer women and raises funds for variety of LGBTQ+ organizations. She recently joined the Women's Committee for OUTFEST and starred in the local 20th anniversary production of the Vagina Monologues. Her work history has been in real estate and mortgage lending for the last 10 years. Recently she has decided to transition out of real estate to pursue one of her passions event planning management and marketing.

``In this current political authoritarian climate in the U.S., there is an even greater responsibility to women to lift eachother up and stand in solidarity. I hope to be a small part of that by creating diverse and fun events for companies that match my personal mission for gender equity.``

Marna Deitch

Board Member

Marna Deitch has been working with and for the community since 1980 when she joined Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee in New York City and wasinvolved with many of the protests that errupted in NYC at the beginning of the grid/aids crisis. Moving to LA in 1985 she fought to be the 1st woman hired at the popular West Hollywood Greenery restaurant on the corner of SMB and Robertson and she was one of the 2 women credited with getting LA Pride to end their ban of motorcycles and allow us to ride up front for the 1994 pride parade. She has worked with various clubs and organizations but her most proudest achievement was being asked to be one of the organizers for the 2017 LA Resist March. She continues to move many to get involved in the needs of the gay community as the founder of the Motorcycle Contingent for Equality and is proud to serve on the board of both the L project and GenderFwd.

Elisabeth Sandberg

Board Advisor

Elisabeth Sandberg is retired professor emeritus of English and interdisciplinary studies at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For eleven years, she served on the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board in West Hollywood and as member-at-large on the board of the West Hollywood Friends of the Library for five years. In January 2015, she founded The L-Project and currently serves as its Founder and Vice President.

Annabell Lepe

Art Director, Board of Directors

Annabell Lepe is a Creative Director with over 25 years of graphic design experience. Currently, she manages a consulting design team at Deloitte, a top global professional services company. Annabell graduated with honors from the University of West Florida with a BA in Studio Art and Education. While completing her education, she served active duty in the United States Air Force working as a Visual Information Craftsman and Specialist.

As the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the United States from Mexico, Annabell learned the value of the arts and the need for exposure at a young age, especially within lower socioeconomic minority groups and vulnerable populations. She sees art as a catalyst that fuels expression and has the power to heal and transform.

As an artist she has composed a series of paintings and digital works that blend elements of nature and sacred geometry to create a feeling of expansiveness and transformation. Her work is deeply influenced by her Kundalini yoga and meditation practice, which presents as the balance between the limitless and confined reality in her work. Annabell believes strongly that in order to influence change in the world one most first go within to find inner peace.

Shawn Pierre

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Shawn M. Pierre holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in Economics from UCLA. She has worked in the financial sector for twenty years, and is currently Senior Financial Analyst at the National Headquarters of Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. in Torrance, CA.S

Alica Sek

Volunteer Coordinator

Alica Sek is graduate of CSUN, majoring in Sociology. Alicia started with the L Project as a volunteer for Frida Fest and now serves as Volunteer Coordinator.