Trystan Reese has a wide and diverse background of training and experiences that includes extensive political organizing, LGBT leadership development, fundraising strategy, and supervision skills. He completed the Professional Facilitator Training with the Social Justice Training Institute, a nationally-renown team of racial justice experts, and is adept at managing issues of race, power, and privilege amongst individuals, groups, or systems.

His honest and intuitive coaching style has made him a highly sought-after executive coach to CEO’s and Executive Directors across the country. His ability to quickly assess a situation and find practical solutions to complicated organizational challenges has aided several non-profits in healing rifts and increasing programmatic outcomes. As a transgender man himself, he is able to train even advanced groups on issues around transgender justice and equity.

Trystan is currently working with the Oregon Department of Corrections to ensure trans competency across Oregon’s prison system. He is also a training consultant with Basic Rights Oregon's Fair Workplace Project, dedicated to increasing trans awareness at businesses and nonprofits across the state.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services

One-on-one coaching or interventions with staff members struggling with DEI issues; group workshops and trainings on racial equity and transgender issues; organizational analysis of policies, practices, procedures, and outcomes impacting staff and community members from impacted demographics

Conflict resolution

Especially in situations dealing with issues of power, privilege, equity, and / or diversity


Racial Justice 101; Advanced Racial Justice for White People; Hacking White Supremacy; Trans Justice 101; Advanced Trans Justice; Beyond These Walls: Voices from Transgender Prisoners in the U.S.; Queer Life After College; and more!

Public speaking

Women in Prison Conference (panel on transgender prison issues), Portland Public School's Alternative Education Conference, Creating Change Conference, Oregon Criminal Defense Attorney's Juvenile Justice Conference



Trystan’s level of analysis around intersectional issues is comprehensive and goes deep. As a board member for Q Center, Trystan brought a wealth of experience and perspective that helped guide our board and staff to make more equitable and strategic decisions. I recommend Trystan to anyone who wants a compassionate, brilliant and fun leader as part of their team.
— Justin Pabalate, Q Center Co-Director
Trystan’s training on trans issues got RAVE reviews from our attorneys and staff. The feedback was uniformly positive (which never happens in my office). Well prepared, non-judgmental and very eye-opening!”

”How can I say this? Trystan is incredible - amazing. I think his training was one of the absolute best we’ve ever had at the office. I was just walking down the street and I ran into an intern who told me the same thing. “That was the best brown bag I ever attended. He should do more….”

”Trystan is an incredible facilitator and presenter, made me feel safe and comfortable talking about sensitive issues, and came off as incredibly non-judgmental. Also, content was great, informative, and very important for the work we do with our clients. I loved that he weaved in real feedback from real clients and used their voices to educate us.
— Attornies, Metropolitan Public Defender Services

Past Clients