Michaela Mendelsohn

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Michaela Ivri Mendelsohn is the founder of TransCanWork, which connects trans job seekers to businesses that will welcome them.[1]

Mendelsohn worked extensively towards the development of Laverne Cox's character in Orange is the New Black.[2][3] Mendelsohn is the CEO of various El Pollo Loco restaurants on the west coast.[4] As an LGBTQ activist,[5][6] she services on the board of directors at the Trevor Project,[7][8] and was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles LGBTQ Vanguard Magazine.[9] She was the first transgender contestant in the Ms. Senior California Pageant.[4] Due to her work, she was named the Grand Marshal of 2018 Los Angeles Pride.[2][4]


  1. ^ "Home". transcanwork.org. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  2. ^ a b "Michaela Ivri Mendelsohn Named LA Pride 2018 Grand Marshal". LA Pride Parade & Festival in West Hollywood, CA. 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  3. ^ "Orange Is the New Black | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  4. ^ a b c "Trans Activist and Business Owner Michaela Mendelsohn Named Pride Parade Grand Marshall - WEHOville". WEHOville. 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  5. ^ "LA Pride 2018: Transgender businesswoman Michaela Mendelsohn named parade grand marshal | Q Voice News". Q Voice News. 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  6. ^ "Meet 5 trans activists making a difference in LA". Los Angeles Blade: LGBT News, Rights, Politics, Entertainment. 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  7. ^ "Mendelsohn – The Trevor Project". The Trevor Project. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  8. ^ "From Michael to Michaela". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  9. ^ "Michaela Mendelsohn Professional Speaker | HOME page". michaelaspeaks.com. Retrieved 2018-07-21.