Zander Keig is a community-builder and leader who is committed to social justice for LGBT people. A proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where he served for two years as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Zander has honed his collaborative skills over 20 years of studying and practicing interpersonal communication and conflict resolution. He is a licensed clinical social worker, currently working as a Clinical Case Manager on the Regional Transgender Care Team with Navy Medicine West. Recently, he earned the designation of Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and he has been recognized as a Transgender Subject-Matter Expert by the NASW, the Veterans Health Administration, and Department of Navy.
In 2017, Zander joined the clinical team at Coaching Through Chaos, a San Diego psychotherapy practice, and he was also appointed Chair of the National Committee for LGBT Issues for the NASW. He’s a member of the LGBTQ Stakeholder Workgroup of the California LGBT Health & Human Services Network, and a board member for the nonprofit Transgender American Veterans Association. Since 1987, Zander has conducted over 400 public presentations on issues related to diversity, nonviolence, cultural humility, trauma-informed care, and conflict resolution.
Zander is co-editor of 3 books: Letters for My Brothers—Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect, published in 2011; Manning Up—Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves, published in 2014, and Manifest—Transitional Wisdom on Male Privilege, published in 2016. He is a co-author of several journal articles, including “Transgender Veterans Are Inadequately Understood by Health Care Providers,” which appeared in the May, 2014 issue of Military Medicine Journal, and “Addressing the needs of transgender military veterans: better access and more comprehensive care,” which appeared earlier this year in the journal Transgender Health. His interest in documenting the history of the transgender movement and the experience of trans men, in particular, extends to his work commemorating the legacy of Louis Graydon Sullivan, and Lou’s designated successor, Jamison Green. Zander’s dedication to his community is manifested in his investment of time and energy in building and preserving networks—both in-person and online—to ensure trans men are informed and connected. He’s also appeared in several documentary films, including the award-winning feature-length film, “TRANS,” and the award-winning illustrated documentary, “Zanderology.”
In addition to his BA in Speech (Interpersonal Communication) from Metropolitan State College of Denver (1999; honored in 2016 as a Distinguished Alumnus), Zander also holds a Master of Science (MS) in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2003), a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree from Pacific School of Religion (2004) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from San Diego State University (2012). During his studies, he met the woman who would become his wife, Margaret, and they celebrated their 15th anniversary in September, 2017. In his free time, Zander enjoys writing and editing transgender publications, mentoring transgender people in early transition, discovering new places for brunch, and spending time with family.