Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Transgender Law Center director to leave

The executive director of the Transgender Law Center announced today (Wednesday, November 12) that he plans to leave the Oakland-based organization.

Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis (Photo: Courtesy TLC)

Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis (Photo: Courtesy TLC)

Masen Davis, who’s headed the nonprofit for more than seven years, said in a news release that he’s “come to a difficult decision” and will leave “in early 2015.”

“I am proud to have been part of an incredibly committed team that has strengthened employment protections nationwide, secured coverage of transition-related care for transgender Californians, and helped to change the cultural narrative about transgender lives,” Davis, 43, said. He added, “I don’t know exactly what I’ll do next,” but he’s leaving with the “profound sense that this is the right moment to hand the baton to the next generation of leadership at TLC.”

Davis took a months-long sabbatical earlier this year.

The organization’s board recently approved a strategic plan to “significantly expand” its reach nationwide.

In a phone interview, Davis said TLC would do “deeper policy work in a handful of states across the nation to help them get the legal protections we have in California.” The nonprofit will also be involved in pushing for “comprehensive nondiscrimination law in Congress in the years to come.” (Federal lawmakers have made little progress on a transgender-inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act.)

The board will hire Davis’s replacement from within the nonprofit. He plans to stay long enough for that person to make that transition and leave in February or March.

Davis succeeded TLC co-founder Chris Daley when he joined TLC in 2007. At the time, the organization had four staff members, a budget of $325,000, and about 900 people contacting the group for help annually.

Since then, TLC has grown to 14 staff, a budget of more than $1.5 million, and over 2,500 requests for help a year. Davis’s salary is $100,000.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 12, 2014 @ 5:04 pm PST
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