Meet the Newest Members of Our Team
This year continues to be a period of transformation and growth for our organization as we ramp up our work in the courts, the capitol, and the community. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring on two powerhouse folks who can help us further our work and achieve our vision of a world where people of all genders, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations can fully and truly thrive.
Noble Frank (they/them), Communications Director
Noble Frank joins Gender Justice to coordinate communications, develop strategic messaging, and grow the organization’s audience and impact. Noble previously worked as the communications associate at the ACLU of Minnesota, where they managed digital communications including social media and digital action campaigns. Prior to working with the ACLU-MN, Noble was the communications manager for the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota and the managing editor of The Gender Policy Report, a feminist policy blog published by the CWGPP.
Noble has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing from The University of Texas at Austin and bachelor’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. Outside of the “office” they are an enthusiastic hiker and kayaker; a novice but dedicated vegetable gardener; and a doting dog parent.
Yolanda Burckhardt (she/her), Advocacy and Engagement Manager
Yolanda Burckhardt joins Gender Justice to manage advocacy, education, and public engagement efforts across gender equity projects, coalitions, and partnerships. Her major focus is coordinating the Rights, Faith, and Democracy coalition, supported by the Proteus Fund, to counter the use of religion as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and to prevent people from accessing reproductive health care.
Yolanda previously worked in the Civil Rights Department at the Met Council, where she coordinated community engagement and racial equity strategic planning efforts for over four years. As an alum, she managed the Council’s Urban Scholars Program, a leadership development internship to support and engage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and low-wealth college students. Before that, Yolanda worked in Hennepin County’s Public Health Department and in Governor Dayton’s Administration.
Yolanda is originally from the Twin Cities area, received a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and Community and Global Health from Macalester College, and is a recent graduate of the Master of Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota. Yolanda is excited to be joining the extraordinary team at Gender Justice.