Meet the Team
Nathan is a theatre artist, arts manager, and lover of Black Queer history. He is currently an MBA student at the University of Michigan (‘22). With 10 years of arts management experience, he loves the process of supporting artists so that they may share their unique perspective. He resents the American governments desire to stifle Queer identity by limiting access to Black Queer history. He is a Black Queer person who is forever inspired by the lives of his heroes James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry.
Dani is a former public school teacher who is passionate about fostering inclusive curricula. She is currently pursuing a joint master’s degree in Educational Studies and an MBA at the University of Michigan (‘22). Dani cares deeply about centering the stories of people whose narratives have been ignored and made invisible.
Evan Otero Gilmer
Evan has a background in corporate finance and consulting. He is also pursuing his MBA at the University of Michigan (‘22) with Nathan and Dani. Evan is passionate about DEI efforts and driving change in unequitable systems and policies.
David Brandyn is a comedy writer from New York living in Los Angeles. For two years, David was selected to write for the CBS Diversity showcase. Most recently, he was chosen as a Sesame Street fellow which inspired him to shift his focus to children’s media. This new journey has enabled David to write the “very black and very queer” stories that he needed as a kid.
Lia is an illustrator and storyteller with a passion for kid’s literature, stationery, and cute things. They make work about embracing identity, and use their experiences as a Black Queer person to influence the narratives they create. Their illustration process references styles enjoyed by all ages to facilitate joy and learning.
Angel is a comics artist and illustrator, and a recent BFA graduate from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. They have been drawing since they were old enough to hold a pencil, and have always had a passion for storytelling, specifically kids' stories that teach self-love and empathy. They always make it a priority to center BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folk in their work, and hope their stories inspire people to be kinder to both themselves and others. They currently do freelance work and author a fantasy webcomic.