Kylynn Grier serves as the By All Means Community Lead to Poughkeepsie, NY. Kylynn’s 15 years of organizing work started in the City of Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) through HIV prevention and harm reduction education and outreach. As a macro social worker with policy and government relations expertise, her work is driven by strategic inside/outside analysis, interdisciplinary collaboration, coalition and capacity building to address systemic inequity.
In her most recent role at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), she built the organization’s policy and advocacy capacities from the ground up, working to actualize and drive a multi-issue and intersectional policy agenda in partnership with cis and trans girls of color, and gender non-conforming youth of color at the local and statewide levels. This work included supporting organizational efforts with the New York City Young Women’s Initiative. GGE initiated and co-chaired this New York City Council initiative, which works to institutionalize young women’s leadership and decision-making power in city government through the Young Women’s Advisory Council.
Kylynn graduated from Simmons University with a B.A. in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies, and holds a Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.