Rhiannon Chester, Detroit native, has been involved in political organizing and education for nearly 15 years. As a youth, she was involved with Michigan Youth in Government where she was educated on the American political landscape and afforded the opportunity to create bills that would be passed over to the Michigan House of Representatives. As her first glimpse of how the political system works, she began to develop an analysis of power structures and accessibility to government systems. Soon after she joined, The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary, where she worked on a multi-state action to educate the public on the deceptive language used to end affirmative action. She also fought against the massive school closings in Detroit.
As an adult, Rhiannon has worked intentionally to educate and advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community. She was trained in legislative advocacy, public speaking, and more through the LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy. Since being trained she has advocated on the federal, state and local levels for the protection of the LGBTQ community from workplace and housing discrimination. As an the Program Coordinator at LGBT Detroit, she also co-facilitated weekly, monthly and quarterly community dialogue and educational events.
In 2016, Rhiannon obtained her Masters of Arts in Social Justice from Marygrove College; a program that is taught by academics and activists & advocates --combining the practical and the intellectual.