Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Appoints Tracy Welsh as Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer
Welsh to guide SAGE’s entrepreneurial and agency-wide strategic efforts
“Tracy is that rare non-profit leader who combines a deep commitment to social justice with outstanding financial acumen, business savvy and a powerful entrepreneurial spirit,” said Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE. “She is exactly who SAGE needs as its Deputy Executive Director to help ensure that we continue our cutting-edge work on behalf of the rapidly growing population of LGBT older people.”
Welsh has more than 20 years of experience in providing critical legal and advocacy services for people living with HIV/AIDS and championing positive women's health and empowerment. Before joining SAGE, she was the Executive Director of the HIV Law Project, where her expert business planning led to the successful merger of the HIV Law Project with the larger national organization, Housing Works. Since September 2013, she has served as SAGE’s Senior Director for Finance, Operations and Planning.
“I am excited to step into this new role, which will involve driving down an ambitious strategic plan, developing new strategic alliances and partnerships, and taking an entrepreneurial approach to long-term sustainability,” Welsh said. “I believe SAGE is poised to continue as the leading organization for LGBT older adults and their allies in the nation. I look forward to working closely with our board, supporters, constituents and other organizations in the LGBT and aging fields to make this a reality.”
Welsh’s strong track record of entrepreneurialism places her in a unique position to create a better system for the delivery of services and advocacy for LGBT older adults. For example, as the founder for the Center for Women and HIV Advocacy, which was created to meet the needs of women living with HIV/AIDS, Welsh has first-hand knowledge on how to balance successful program implementation with national policy efforts. Welsh holds a Juris Doctorate from CUNY School of Law and a Masters in Policy and Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
“Since her appointment to SAGE, Tracy has provided us with valuable insights gleaned from her many years of work with LGBT organizations, as well as a sharp business perspective that will help SAGE expand,” said Roz Richter, co-chair of SAGE’s board of directors. “Her new position serves to further SAGE’s efforts to complete our three-year strategic plan that promises to change the aging landscape for LGBT older people nationwide.”
To learn more about SAGE’s new strategic plan, click here.
About Tracy L. Welsh
Tracy L. Welsh is Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Tracy aligns SAGE's financial direction, operations and systems in keeping with the organization's mission and its strategic priorities. In addition, Tracy works in partnership with the Executive Director to oversee organizational planning and implementation; and to identify, recommend and pursue strategic financial and operational opportunities that keep the organization healthy.
Tracy has a long and distinguished career with more than 20 years' experience providing critical legal and advocacy services for people living with HIV/AIDS and championing positive women's health and empowerment. Prior to SAGE, she was Executive Director of the HIV Law Project, where she became well known for her keen policy insights and staunch dedication to a client-first approach. Tracy made dignity and empowerment the first measure of HIV Law Project's impact on the AIDS community and fiscal stability and long-term financial sustainability its foundation.
During her tenure at HIV Law Project, she founded the Center for Women and HIV Advocacy (CWHA), engaged the entire agency in the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan, and initiated a successful re-branding effort. She was actively involved in HIV Law Project's policy and advocacy work, and a passionate advocate for social justice for low-income people and traditionally disenfranchised communities.
Before joining the HIV Law Project, Tracy worked with low-income communities in the Bronx, where she handled some of the earliest guardianship cases for grandparent caregivers whose adult children died from AIDS. In 1995 she joined the legal team at Gay Men's Health Crisis and successfully litigated hundreds of cases. In 1988 she assumed leadership of the then newly emerging HIV Advocacy Project at Queens Legal Services. Under her direction, Queen Legal Services grew to be recognized as the leading provider of HIV-related legal services to low-income people residing in Queens.
Tracy holds a Juris Doctorate from CUNY School of Law and a Masters in Policy and Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 29 local SAGE affiliates in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.