Ms. Hammer is a social worker with the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Her professional and advocacy career has focused on supporting the rights and well-being of women, transgender, and LGBQ people and their communities. She was previously a Senior Counselor with STEPS to End Family Violence, a division of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, where she worked with people being prosecuted in Midtown Community Court's Human Trafficking Intervention Court. Prior to that she was a Peer Health Navigator for transgender women at the Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training (CHEST).
Ms. Hammer has worked to make transgender healthcare more accessible by successfully challenging exclusions to medically necessary care, and has been recognized for her advocacy work raising awareness of how violence affects the lives of transgender women. She was named as one of the inaugural The Trans 100 in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Barbara Gittings Award by the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. Ms. Hammer has a B.S. in journalism from Utah State University and earned her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.