friends of GenderInc

Throughout the academic year, GenderInc has had the privilege of consulting and collaborating with many professionals in the fields of policy, planning, design, and advocacy, among others, in our efforts to elevate LGBTQ safety in the urban public realm. 

Jessie Daniels, PhD

Jessie Daniels, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, at the City University of New York (CUNY). 

An internationally recognized expert on Internet manifestations of racism, Daniels is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Gender & Society, American Journal of Public Health, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. In 2014, Contexts Magazine called her a “pioneer in digital sociology.”  

Daniels also worked in the Internet industry. She writes regularly at RacismReview (, a scholarly blog that she co-founded and has maintained since 2007. Forbes Magazine named her one of “20 inspiring women to follow on Twitter,” and you can find her there as @JessieNYC.  

Gary parker, MSW | Deputy Director | The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU SILVER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Gary Parker joined the McSilver Institute in early 2011 with a wealth of experience in community organization and social work. He received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2000, with an emphasis in Community Organization. He subsequently held diverse government and public service positions, including Community Liaison to New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 5, and Director of Government and Community Affairs at New York University. As Deputy Director, Gary oversees the McSilver Institute’s communications, policy, operations, and organizational development. Alongside Director Mary McKernan McKay, PhD, he has guided the institute’s tremendous, and continuing, growth in size, scope and impact.

Gary is an accomplished writer, who has published articles in academic journals as well as opinion pieces in mainstream publications, including in The New York Times. Gary is also committed to developing the next generation of social workers. He teaches courses in such areas as community organizing, social welfare policy, and global social work practice as an adjunct lecturer at the Silver School, where he is continuing his education as a doctoral student. He oversees dozens of field placements and interns – the vast majority of whom are social work students – at the McSilver Institute, and coordinates a unique Global Learning Opportunity for NYU MSWs that is designed to increase student competency in both micro and macro global social work practice. Gary brings a passion for applied research and social justice to all of his work and continually seeks to put theory, his academic training, and his commitment to stakeholder collaboration into practice to affect positive social change.


Laura joined the McSilver Institute in 2014 after serving as Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and his predecessor, former State Senator Thomas K. Duane. At the institute, she harnesses her government, policy and communications expertise to raise awareness of the institute’s work and translate its research findings into strong policy recommendations that will improve the lives of poverty-impacted populations.