University of Pittsburgh Law School '18
About Our Staff
A fifth generation Pennsylvanian, Jason is from Lower Merion Township. He is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (C’11, Design’14) and a current law student at the University of Pittsburgh. Jason began his work in community organizing in 2010 through starting and successfully spearheading the effort for a local non-discrimination ordinance in Lower Merion. The ordinance was unanimously adopted and made Lower Merion the first municipality in Montgomery County to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Jason is a 2010 Jonathan Lax Scholar and has been named one of the top 12 LGBT Youth Leaders in the United States by Campus Pride. The Philadelphia Gay News named him 2010 runner-up for Person of the Year, a 2013 Person to Watch, and Best Youth in 2015. In 2011, he was invited by the White House as one of five college youth in the nation to President Obama’s LGBT Pride Month Reception. In 2012, he was selected by the White House to participate in the first LGBT Emerging Leaders program. He spoke at the United Nations for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia in 2017. His work in the LGBTQ community has been profiled in newspaper articles and online blogs across the country. Click here for Jason’s full biography.
Hansen is a second-year film student at Temple University in Philadelphia. A 2016 graduate of Fox Chapel High School outside of Pittsburgh, Hansen was the leader of his high school’s GSA and now leads Temple’s LGBTQ film organization. Hansen leads PYC’s media development through photography and film, as well as coordinates PYC’s social media outreach.
Johanna is a first-year student at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. A 2016 graduate of Carlisle High School, Johanna is also a three-time National Award-Winning published writer through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work can be seen in The Best Teen Writing of 2012 and in Carlisle High School’s Young Adult Writers and Poets anthologies. Johanna leads PYC’s internal and external communications work.
Preston is a 2017 graduate of Dallastown Area High School in southern York County. His advocacy work largely focuses on trans youth policy at the local and state level. Preston supports PYC’s policy work in state government.