Aryah Lester, speaker/author/educator, is a transgender woman of color from New York residing in Miami-Dade since 2005. Ms. Lester is the current Chair for the State of Florida Health Department's Transgender Work Group, former Chair-Elect of the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, as well as a board member of Unity Coalition (UC|CU). Ms. Lester is a board member of Equality Florida's TransAction Florida committee, and the Advisory Women's Committee for the World OutGames Miami. She helped to create the TransArt series with the Betsy Hotel, the LGBT Visitors Center, and UC|CU. She also sits as a member on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group.
Aryah Lester founded the organization Trans-Miami, as well as continued the work of her founding organization, the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She contracts with universities as a guest lecturer, and is a consultant with government agencies: like the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. Ms. Lester has been recognized with many awards, featured in numerous national articles, and recently was inducted into the national Trans100 list.