MaeBright Group, LLC supports state agencies, non-profits, businesses, and communities that want to evaluate and improve the services and climate they provide to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning + (LGBTQ+) people. We accomplish this through policy work, trainings on LGBTQ+ cultural competency, and other proven interventions. We are based in Cambridge, and do work across Massachusetts and the North East.

Ev Evnen     Director 

Ev Evnen joins MaeBright from a policy and research background, and heads data and evaluation activities. Ev holds an MPP and MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis. Throughout graduate school, they were involved in a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including work on the Heller Diversity Steering Committee. Ev has also worked with GLSEN as a Research Fellow, conducting research on outcomes from LGBTQ+ high school athletes. They hold a BA from Wesleyan University. 

Raimi Marx    Training and ADMINISTRATIVE Superstar  

Raimi Marx is a trainer and facilitator with twelve years of experience in helping communities create more nurturing and anti-oppressive spaces for LGBTQ+ people, survivors of partner abuse and sexual assault, and youth. They join MaeBright with an MA in Education, for which they published a guide on building trans-inclusive educational spaces. Raimi most recently worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health, ensuring youth and adults have access to comprehensive and affirming sexual health care and education. 


MaeBright was founded by Missy Mae Sturtevant, LCSW. Missy holds over a decade of training and facilitation experience. She studied social work at Wheelock College and has a BA in Psychology with minors in Health and Wellness as well as Theatre from Cedar Crest College. Missy has direct and macro level social work experience that includes policy research, youth leadership development, group home care, and inclusive comprehensive sexuality education. Starting in October 2017, Missy moved to a consultant position with MaeBright.

Taneekah Johnson is a community organizer, entrepreneur, and cupcake genius. She joins MaeBright with a BA from Clark University, and over 15 years experience in non-profit management, program development, and sales. In her role as Collaborator Taneekah serves as a driver, organizer, trainer, speaker solicitor; whatever it takes to support MaeBright's training efforts.


LGBTQ Resources in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is rich with resources for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Please check out and share our online database of the resources we are aware of - updated on a regular basis. This list includes service-providing agencies, online resources, books, and movies/tv shows with LGBTQ+ characters and themes (focused on youth-appropriate content). If you have a question, edit, or resource to add, please contact Ev at ev@maebright.com.

Massachusetts LGBTQ+ Resource Guide 

Boston metro (and some beyond) therapist list (note-this list is not maintained by MaeBright) 


We are happy to share handouts we've made and/or use in our trainings. Feel free to share these to anyone who might find them useful.

A Guide to Quickly Assessing Referrals for LGBTQ Competency

A Guide to Sharing Pronouns

Movies and TV Shows with LGBTQ Characters and Themes (with age appropriateness and content warnings)



Trainings and Opportunities


To schedule or inquire about trainings, please email info@maebright.com.

Speaking Opportunities 

MaeBright sometimes has speaking opportunities for LGBTQ+ people or the parents of LGBTQ+ children. We typically pay between $75 and $100 per speaking engagement, and can provide transportation support, and support before and after speaking. If you're interested please fill out this form. Speaking engagements are usually in Massachusetts, but also occasionally in surroundings states.  

Job Opportunities 

We have no openings at the time. Please check here or our Facebook for postings. 


At MaeBright, we work at all levels with a tailored service plan that fits your agency, organization, or business. We tailor our services to fit our clients' specific needs and budgets. Contact us for a guide to our services and our Theory of Change. We would love to talk to you more about how we can help create organizational change that benefits all your employees and clients.

Assessment of needs

Cultural competency training for staff, volunteers, vendors, and clients

Policy and practice recommendations

Training of trainers

Climate evaluation

Case consultation

Cultural competency ambassador programs 

Conference workshops

Speaker panels

Continuing education units



MaeBright works with government agencies to evaluate and update services for LGBTQ+ clients. Many agencies are doing amazing work to help their clients and we want to help agencies and providers feel confident in the services they provide to LGBTQ+ and all clients. 


We are happy to support businesses that have LGBTQ+ employees or clients to evaluate and improve your workplace and services for those clients. We specialize in supporting businesses that have an employee or new hire that is coming out as transgender or gender non-conforming. Many businesses are proactively looking to make sure they have a welcoming work environment for people of all genders, even if there are no staff who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming yet.


Non-profits often feel an additional pressure to be culturally competent. We are excited to support our non-profits clients create policies and practices that imbue social justice in the DNA of the organization. We also offer non-judgemental trainings to help all employees gain skills around providing LGBTQ+ culturally competent services to clients.


For Massachusetts public schools, MaeBright is happy to connect schools to training and technical assistance services that may be free or low cost. We also support schools to evaluate their diversity, anti-bullying and harassment policies. MaeBright also works with schools that are private, outside of Massachusetts, as well as colleges and universities. K-12 publicly funded schools in Massachusetts are able to receive free training and technical assistance from the Safe Schools program.



Progressive Pioneers - Boston Spirit Magazine, January/February 2017 by Scott Kearnan

Ev Evnen, Director/Senior Data Nerd and Partner, is featured as an under-30 activist in New England who uses data and spreadsheets to improve services for LGBTQ people.

Our 150 Boston Women of Influence - YW Boston Blog, December 27,2016

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, is featured as a woman of influence in Boston, along with many other amazing women in the past and present. See #92!

Unjust: How the Broken Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems Fail LGBTQ Youth - Center for American Progress, Movement Advancement Project, August 2016

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, and MaeBright's work with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services are mentioned in a Spotlight as an example of training making a shift in climate to support LGBTQ youth.

The New Sex Ed - Teaching Tolerance Issue 53 Summer 2016 by Alice Pettway

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, speaks on what LGBTQ inclusive sexuality education looks like.

Why Inclusion is Not Enough - (video) Ev Evnen

Ev Evnen, Director/Senior Data Nerd and Partner, speaks at the Building Inclusive Communities From Neighborhoods to Nations Global Conference 2015 at the School of Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston.

Mass leads on protecting LGBTQ Youth - Boston Globe on October 18, 2015 by Darlena Cunha

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, and Ev Evnen, Director/Senior Data Nerd and Partner, are quoted about MaeBright's work with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services' work on behalf of LGBTQ youth.

Trans Day of Remembrance: Chance for ONA Churches to Widen the Welcome - Open and Affirming Coalition, United Church of Christ on September, 24, 2015 by Rev. Chris Davies, Rev. Kent Siladi, and Open and Affirming Ministry Team

MaeBright is mentioned as a resource for education and welcome in churches for trans identities.

Same Sex Marriage Ruling Just One Giant Step for Society - Hartford Courant on June 26, 2015 by Susan Campbell

 Missy Sturtevant, Founder, discusses next steps for LGBTQ equality.

Businesses Should Treat Transgender Policies as Good Business in 2015 - Time.com on January 14, 2015 by Darlena Cunha

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, is quoted in this article about best practices in business.



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MaeBright Group LLC
57 Jackson Street
Cambridge, MA 02140