Board of Directors
Meet our Board of finance, policy, and legal advocates.
Nancy has passionately pursued her vision to improve access to financial services for formerly incarcerated people and their families. She is the Founder and Board Chair of First Step Alliance. Nancy has over 30 years of senior leadership experience in global banks and credit unions, and has helped many people achieve their financial goals. She also volunteers with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of small business mentors, and is a Board Member of the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kyle Inselman, M.Ed.
Kyle Inselman is a career advisor and instructor at the University of Denver. In addition to his work in career guidance, Kyle is a writer and speaker focusing on trans inclusion and gender in employment and higher education, with over ten years of experience in facilitating trainings to a variety of audiences. Kyle is president-elect of the Collegiate Career Services Association of Colorado and Wyoming, and serves as co-chair of the National Career Development Association’s Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion.
Tandra LaGrone, an African American and Native American lesbian, is the Executive Director at In Our Own Voices and considers herself an activist, organizer, and cultural critic. Tandra previously was director of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region, one of the country’s largest organizations for girls’ rights. She is an advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment in the African American community, especially for women and young black men. The Albany native has worked as a domestic violence, youth, and LGBT advocate for over 30 years. Tandra has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Paltz. She has given presentations, as well as led panel discussions and workshops, during a variety of activist and academic conferences and events on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues with a particular focus on the people of color community (POC).
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.
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. 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.