Today, Athlete Ally welcomed Casey Legler and Nate Richards as the newest members of the Board of Directors. “Casey and Nate each bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in driving LGBTQ advocacy and systemic change,” said Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of Athlete Ally. “We’re thrilled to have them on the Board, and look forward to what we can build and grow together.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining Athlete Ally’s Board, because I’ve witnessed firsthand the power sport has to unite people with different cultural backgrounds and life experiences, across borders and language barriers,” said Nate Richards. “It’s an incredible honor to join the organization’s efforts to end transphobia and homophobia in sport so that everyone can participate.”
Casey Legler is a former Olympian, writer, activist and groundbreaking nonbinary model. Their best-selling memoir GODSPEED (2018), chronicling their life as a young athlete and Olympian, was called “raw and poetic” by the New York Times. Legler’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, Vogue and New York Magazine. In 2013, Legler ignited conversations about gender by being the first “woman” signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes, driving conversations in the public sphere about gender identity and fluidity as we understand and articulate it today. Legler is seasoned public speaker, recently headlining the Sydney Writers Festival to sold out audiences, and has appeared in Time Magazine, on ABC, NBC and The Project, the most watched current affairs program (4 million viewers). Casey’s varied and deep skill also includes 20 years of experience growing and managing New York City’s top restaurants which has given them the foundation to run any organization efficiently and effectively.
Nathan J. Richards is the Chief of Staff of TransPerfect, the world’s leading provider of language and technology solutions for business. He attended Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and during his time there, began his career with TransPerfect as an intern and eventually went on to originate the Global Marketing and Communications Department. He then worked as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Joyful Heart Foundation where he helped develop and promote efforts to end the national backlog of untested rape kits. With this strong visionary background in strategic communications and digital media, he founded his own consulting firm, Nathan J Richards + Associates in 2013 in Seattle. His interest in global business, change management, and company culture led him back to his current role at TransPerfect, in which he oversees employee-relations, diversity initiatives, process development, and philanthropic investments. Currently, Nathan engages with TransPerfect Advocate, a space for the LGBTQ+ and allies community to come together in the workplace and participate in taking positive action at citywide events. He resides in New York City and rural Pierce County in Washington State. He is an avid supporter of the Seattle Sounders Football Club and his nephew’s youth soccer team.