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Mac Scotty McGregor

Founder & Executive Director

Drew Griffin

Founder

Board of Directors

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Mac Scotty McGregor
Founder & Executive Director

Mac is a radio show host of "The You Can Make A Difference Show" on Rainier Avenue Radio and in 2017 Mac ran for Seattle City Council and was the first transgender person ever to be on a ballot in Washington State. The Mayor appointed Mac as a Seattle City Commissioner in 2011 and he served until 2016. He currently serves on the Seattle Renter's Commission appointed by the City Council. Mac is on the Washington state council for PFLAG and on the Seattle Police Department LGBT advisory board. . He continuously speaks on panels and solo at numerous colleges, non-profit groups and state and city governments on gender & sexuality. Mac worked on a small team to help Seattle Police Department develop policy and training around dealing with the transgender community and has given transgender training to the US Boarder Patrol. Mac teaches community Self-Defense to empower all people on a donation basis so that all have access. 

 

Mac's experience prior to transition was that of a successful female athlete and business owner. This experience led him to be a champion for women's rights, closing the pay gap and equal opportunity for women and folks that are gender variant. He was a former US karate team member, champion martial arts competitor, coach and teacher. He has extensive training in conflict resolution and arbitration through being a certified coach and referee through the AAU and U.S. Olympic committee. 

Mac has been a keynote speaker at many events including the University of Washington, Mayo Clinic, numerous colleges, corporate events, organizations and conferences . He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Positive Masculinity, a non-profit that educates about dismantling toxic masculinity and creating a model of healthy masculinity. Mac has appeared on Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, the 700 Club, on UniVision and been featured in People Magazine and many more. 

Mac currently educates and trains corporations and large groups on diversity and sensitivity. He is a dedicated, heartfelt activist and educator who focuses every part of his existence on creating a world where people can feel free to be true to themselves. He lives with his wife Dawn, their pup Obi Wan and their four chickens. He is a proud step-father, uncle and Papa to his two grandkids.

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In Memoriam: Drew Griffin
Founder

By Mac Scotty McGregor

Drew and I connected in 2017 when I ran for office in the city of Seattle, and was looking for a campaign manager. We became fast friends and found that we had a great deal in common; we both had a drive to make a difference in the world, we both worked to eradicate shame around gender and sexuality, our dark-wicked at times-sense of humor, and our common love for both drag performers and sports. We also both loved being uncles. We had a joke that he was a "gunkle" (gay uncle) and that I was a "trunkle" (trans uncle). He was a unique, highly intelligent, driven advocate for those of us who do not fit into the norms of our day.

 

In 2019 I got a download from the universe-some might call it a vision. I saw many versions of masculine people gathered together for the purpose of healing and eliminating toxic masculinity and creating a healthier model of masculinity for all of us. I saw cis guys, trans and non-binary folks, straight, gay, bi, pansexual guys, black, brown, white, native, masculine folks, many religious and ethnic backgrounds, all at the table doing this work together. The first person that I shared this vision with was my dear friend and fellow agent of change, Drew. I shared this vision with him and asked if he was interested in working on this project with me. He gave me a big "Hell yes!" We then embarked on the journey of forming a nonprofit called "Positive Masculinity." We spent hours planning and sharing with one another how toxic masculinity had affected our lives. Then we started a once-a-month, face-to-face "Positive Masculinity" meeting, where we invited masculine folks to join us to do this deep, inner work.

 

Drew had a long, drawn-out battle with cancer; he was first diagnosed in 2012 and beat the odds many times. He battled two types of cancer, stayed fit and positive, and was open about his battle publicly in order to educate and help others going through illness. He became a patient advocate at the Cancer Research Institute, helping other patients stay positive and realize they could still contribute and live. He never let his illness define him, or get him down for long. He would always come back to the fact that he had too much to do in this world to spend time down about the obstacles before him. He touched the lives of many, and his spirit will live on in all that he touched.

Please read more about Drew in our tribute to him.

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SJ Braun
Board of Directors

Super Julie Braun, also known as SJ (she/her/hers), is the Founder & CEO of Super Purposes™. She intends to spend the rest of her life helping others grow by attaining the career and salary of their dreams through her wisdom and creative crew!

Through her struggles and obstacles of having a learning disability of auditory processing disorder and dyslexia, she’s maintained the mindset of never giving up by creating optimal organizational skills and priding herself on a self-deprecating sense of humor. 

SJ has worked with over 16,000 people to get the job they deserve, including veterans, stay-at-home parents, immigrants, folks from the LGBTQIA community, formerly incarcerated, learning disabilities, and folks with addictions or alcoholism. 


The creative teams at Super Purposes are currently producing a 12-week Docuseries, "From Ground Zero to Career Superhero!" in which five unemployed job seekers get help on their career journey. Watch it HERE.

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Andy Cargile
Board of Directors

Andy has always tried to embrace equality and fairness and been an ally to those who have been marginalized. Andy has experience closely working with trans and gender fluid teens.  

In October 2013, he and his family left behind everything in the US and moved to Costa Rica for a year. They wanted to give their young adults a more global perspective by living in another country. So, they left their successful high-tech jobs, their house, their lifestyle, their friends and went on a year-long odyssey of discovery. 

 

Andy grew up in a loving family with a wonderful mother and father as role-models. He also grew up in a bad neighborhood and was exposed to toxic masculinity in many forms. He worked his way out and into Stanford where he discovered even more forms of toxic masculinity as well as a tribe of people who did not put up with it. As Director of Stanford United for Rape Elimination, he worked with others to confront and eliminate the insidious behavior of date rape. 

 

In his day job, Andy works in high tech leadership in the education industry and has been in high-tech his entire career. He enjoys working with art to broaden peoples’ minds. He creates the interactive exhibition Aaaahz! at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival each year and he recently created an art installation piece with Sarah Takako Skinner called “Gender Fluid” for it. 

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Luke Pietrantonio
Board of Directors

The spring of Luke’s sophomore year at Swarthmore College there were protests surrounding the two fraternities on campus which were intertwined with the athletic community. As both a member of one of the frats and the men’s lacrosse team, he tried to listen to these calls for change and make connections between other’s experiences and his. He wanted to grow from these discussions and encourage those around him to do the same.

 

Through the help of the athletic administration, a small but dedicated group of athletes came together to rethink what masculinity could look like. The group committed to learning as much as they could from literature, from those in the community, and from their experiences. Luke helped lead this group for two years and saw the impact that these efforts could have in their members’ lives. The group examined how their upbringings were informed by various types of masculinity, while learning how to check themselves and others. This helped them focus on how they carried themselves day to day and demonstrated that there were others who wanted to reimagine masculinity.

 

Luke sees Positive Masculinity as a chance to continue this work that he has started, and recognizes that it is far from over. He understands that at times it can be a challenge to explore these topics, but sees how important it can be. He is excited to learn and take these lessons forward with him as he starts his career.