Ms. Chamblee is an Executive and a seasoned advocate within and for the Transgender community, having served as a mentor, life coach, and consultant. Ms. Chamblee brings over 20 years of solid community-based organizing and data collection experience to bear on issues that include Gender Identity, transition and health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, mental health, and transformative social justice issues.
Currently, Ms. Chamblee serves as the Executive Director of LaGender which she founded in 2000, the first agency created by and for the Transgender community. As Executive Director, she supervises 20 volunteer and paid staff members who provide education, intervention and outreach services to the Transgender community in the Metro Atlanta area, a community where Transgender people number in the thousands.
Prior to founding LaGender, Ms. Chamblee served as a Peer Counselor at Grady Memorial Hospital’s Infectious Disease Program, for more than a decade. Ms. Chamblee was the first transgender peer counselor to be hired by Grady Memorial Hospital and, during her tenure, was responsible for teaching professional staff about the needs and perspectives of diverse populations through trainings, workshops and symposiums. She also provided counseling and advocacy for members of the transgender community seeking support and services from service providers and as an advocate for Transformative Justice.
Since 1994, Ms. Chamblee has been a lecturer and consultant to numerous agencies and organizations regarding the unique needs of Trans and gender-nonconforming people. She has also served on a number of boards and councils including the Ryan White AIDS Council, Atlanta GLBT Task Force and the National Advisory Board for The Center for Excellence in Transgender Health.