The Team

Audacia Ray, Founder and Director
Audacia Ray is a former sex worker who was an executive editor at the Utne Reader award-winning sex worker-run $pread magazine for three years and founded the Red Umbrella Project in the summer of 2010. She is the editor of RedUP’s literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work, as well as Ceyenne Doroshow’s book Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook. She leads media, memoir, and advocacy trainings at RedUP, and sometimes tells her own stories at RedUP’s public events. She has a BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School and a MA from Columbia University and has previously done communications work for the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

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Ariel Wolf, Community Organizer
Ariel Wolf is a native New Yorker and is a visual/performance artist with a degree in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. She has been a RedUP member since spring of 2014, was a court observer in RedUP’s HTIC report, and now helps run our court outreach program, advocacy campaigns, and creative projects. Ariel has been a nude model since her 18th birthday and has worked in the sex industry since she was 22. She is still happily working as an exotic dancer at Brooklyn’s best strip club, Pumps. Email her to get involved with RedUP’s community organizing work: