Board of Directors

Meet our Board of finance, policy, and legal advocates.


Toni Newman

Toni Newman is a Consultant for the Transgender Strategy Center based in Los Angeles. Toni is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University and current candidate for her Juris of Doctorate (JD).  Toni was the Executive Director for St. James Infirmary and the Development Director for Maitri Compassionate Care, HIV/AIDS hospice in San Francisco and previously served as the Interim Director of Development & Communications at the To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Center in Los Angeles and as a Strategic Fundraiser, Volunteer Recruiter, and Legislative Aide for Equality California. Toni worked with EQCA to raise money to win marriage for the LGBTQ community in California.

Regina Washington, DrPH

Dr. Regina R. Washington has over 15 years of combined experience in community nonprofit, governmental, and academic institutional leadership related to strategic planning, organizational improvement strategies, building teams, and program development, implementation, and effectiveness. Currently, Dr. Washington serves as Vice President/Chief of Staff for IAPAC and a thought leader, implementing organizational systems and problem-solving strategies, and assuring program effectiveness. She previously served as Director of LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink, working toward eliminating health disparities within LGBTQ communities.

Spencer Watson, J.D.

Spencer is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research. Spencer is a May 2018 graduate of Berkeley Law, where their studies emphasized consumer financial protection, prudential regulation, lending discrimination, and civil rights. In 2017, Spencer interned at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Fair Lending, and at Consumer’s Union. Before law school, Spencer worked in various non-profits, including as a counselor offering financial and credit education to clients.

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