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Tamar Jackson Nelson, PhD, NIC Master, CI & CT, is an ASL Interpreter/Mentor/Educator who graduated from Gallaudet University’s doctoral program in Interpretation with a focus on pedagogy and research. Her research investigated the impact of preparation on interpretation. She is proud to have been in the second group of graduates from this unique program. Tamar has taught interpreting in various postsecondary settings, including Gallaudet University, Saint Paul College, and
Troy University. She has presented on numerous topics, including interpreter omissions, processing time, medical interpreting, and LGBTQI consumers at conferences for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Tamar has worked as a mentor, educator, and community interpreter, including emergency on-call work and video relay service interpreting over the past eighteen years in California, the Metro DC Area and the Midwest. Tamar is dedicated to the development of the interpreting profession and to cultivating respect of the interpreting profession and the Deaf community among practitioners and consumers.


Alex Jackson Nelson, MSW, LGSW, NIC identifies as Transgender and has over twenty years of experience working in and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. He earned is Master of Social Work degree from Gallaudet University and was the primary investigator for research with the D/HH/DB LGBTQI community in Washington, DC. He has served as the Executive Director of a non-profit LGBT youth center, has co-founded organizations focused on providing services to transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, worked as a Senior Policy Advocate and has provided consulting and training to thousands of service providers and ASL interpreters around the country. Alex has been a certified interpreter for ten years, most recently he has worked for the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul and as the Director of Training and Senior Therapist at RECLAIM!, a non-profit agency that provides mental health services to queer and trans youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alex currently works for the Minnesota Department of Human Services in the Child Safety and Permanency Division supervising training of the child welfare workforce in Minnesota.

Alex presents and facilitates trainings at various businesses, non-profits, regional, state and national conferences.

Click here to see proof of American Sign Language Interpreter National Certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s (RID) Website. Enter first and last name (Tamar Nelson and/or Alex Nelson) in the search field and click ‘find member’.

Click here to see Alex’s proof of LGSW licensure in the state of Minnesota (enter Alex Nelson into the search fields).

Community Involvement / Volunteer Work

Posted December 21, 2010 by admin