Haven Herrin has been with Soulforce since 2005. Haven uses “they” and “them” for their gender pronouns. Haven started as an Equality Ride Co-Director and, enjoying the process of organizational development, moved into fundraising, analysis, and relationship-building as the Executive Director. Since helming the bus at a young 23, the desire to provide resources, training and exploration of “how we do what we do” to other activists has compelled Haven in their work with Soulforce. Haven’s favorite element of the organization is its continuing excavation of the nature of oppression and possibilities for alliances across movements.
J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet currently based in Brooklyn. The creator of the traveling performance event Patriarchal Rites: A Multigendered Approach to Masculinity, J Mase has shared his special brand of poetry on stages around the U.S. and UK. An organ donor, he is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around. In J Mase’s other life as an educator and activist, he has worked with thousands of community members and service providers across the country on the needs of LGBTQ youth and adults in spaces such as faith communities, elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, medical agencies, juvenile justice organizations, and foster care programs, among others.
Director of Spiritual and Resource Development
Alba Onofrio is a Carpenter Scholar in the Masters of Divinity Program at Vanderbilt Divinity School working on theologies of the body, gender, and sexuality, and alternatives to the purity model for sexual ethics based in queer desire. Previously, Alba worked as a community organizer for queer liberation at the intersection of race, class, culture, gender, and sexuality with Southerners On New Ground (SONG). Alba also taught English for non-native speakers for nine years at Durham Technical Community College and served as Executive Director of the largest grassroots Latino community center in North Carolina for several years after graduating from Duke University with a degree in Comparative Area Studies focused on Latin American and North American Studies. Alba is dedicated to liberation and movement work that centers wholeness and spiritual integrity that doesn’t ask us to closet or compartmentalize our complex, intersecting, and often contradictory selves; Alba’s passion is raising an amazing kid and eradicating shame and fear wherever they found.