Audacia Ray, Founder and Director
Audacia Ray is a former sex worker who was an executive editor at the Utne Reader award-winning sex worker-run $pread magazine for three years and founded the Red Umbrella Project in the summer of 2010. She is the editor of RedUP’s literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work, as well as Ceyenne Doroshow’s book Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook. She leads media, memoir, and advocacy trainings at RedUP, and sometimes tells her own stories at RedUP’s public events. She has a BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School and a MA from Columbia University and has previously done communications work for the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.
For inquiries about collaboration, press inquiries, and other thoughts about our programs, email: email@example.com
Emma Caterine, Community Organizer
Emma Caterine recently left Virginia to move to her dream city of Brooklyn, New York. She completed a B.A. in English and a B.A. in African-American Cultural Studies from the College of William & Mary. She has done work in the past with labor organizing, archival science, LGBTQI activism, radio and venue management, and volunteer coordination. Emma brings her diverse set of experiences to the position of Program Officer and will be helping to coordinate RedUP’s advocacy for the “no condoms as evidence” bill S1379/A2736 as well as other legislation and policies which impact sex workers in New York. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle, Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Danielle has a long standing love affair with linguistics, which developed in her younger years down south in New Jersey. Since her rise from a young babe into a babe of current years, she wore many hats, from professional cook at a meditation center to photography studio manager. With her tech-savvy understanding of online identities, Danielle spoke publicly on many occasion about the interaction of the sex, workers in the industry, and their presence on the internet. Since her arrival to New York City, almost two years ago, she has maintained multiple freelance writing gigs, addressing all things music and photography. When she isn’t keeping sexy time hours at her full-time job, Danielle is held captive by her two cats and her love of science, all while finding time to create films with her best friend and determine the exact moment of the singularity’s arrival. Email her at email@example.com.
Josh Ryley, Podcast Editor
Josh Ryley lives and works in NYC. He holds a BFA in studio art and a culinary arts degree, so you will often find him covered in glue, thread, paint, or food. He has read a few times at the Red Umbrella Diaries and hosted the Like a Virgin night of stories in May 2012. He is currently working on compiling his numerous stories and adventures within the sex industry into a discernible document, and is published in issue one of Pros(e). Josh began editing the Red Umbrella Diaries podcast in spring 2012.
Eliyanna Kaiser, Advocacy Advisor
Alongside Audacia, Eliyanna is the cofounder of the Speak Up! Media and Advocacy Program. Audacia and Eliyanna codeveloped the media training and advocacy workshops, as well as the guides that complement these workshops. She lives with her wife and their twin sons in Harlem, and volunteers her expertise to RedUP.