Board of Directors

Meet our Board of finance, policy, and legal advocates for Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research:

Toni Newman

Toni Newman is a member of the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research’s Board of Directors. She is the Executive Director of St. James Infirmary in San Francisco. St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic located in San Francisco, CA, offering free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for former and current sex industry workers. With the many challenges facing the aforementioned, including but not limited to political climate, homelessness, violence, and the overwhelming intricacies of the legal, public and social systems; St. James Infirmary Offers a non-biased alternative, providing individuals with culturally competent and non-judgmental services.

Angel Garfold

Angel is the Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research’s Chief Financial Officer. Angel has worked for over a decade as a senior accountant and accounting consultant for major organizations and nonprofits, including the University of California Berkeley, Marmot Mountain, Coleman Natural Foods, and Duckhorn Wine. Angel is also President of the Bay Area Leather Alliance, a nonprofit that organizes for leather and LGBTQ community issues in the Bay Area and operates a community space for events, the Catalyst.

Spencer Watson

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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The Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research is seeking dedicated individuals with relevant professional or lived experiences with finance, policy, community development, and LGBTQ communities to sit on its initial Board of Directors. CLEAR’s founders and steering committee seek to build a Board which can represent the diverse backgrounds and experiences of LGBTQ people to guide our work.

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