Ava Pipitone, Co-Founder & CEO of HostHome

Ava Pipitone is the executive director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance as well as the co-founder and CEO of HostHome Inc. Founded in 2014, following the murders of transgender Baltimore residents Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall, the Baltimore Transgender Alliance is a coalition of trans parents, business owners, activists, and artists that seeks to unify, reclaim, and empower the city's transgender and gender non-conforming communities. In 2017, Ava launched HostHome through the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab. Described as a "donor-powered Airbnb," the company aims to provide peer-to-peer housing for homeless LGBTQ individuals and others.

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