Staff

Betsy Butler, Executive Director

Betsy Butler is the Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) and has fought for equality and justice throughout her career. Before joining CWLC, Betsy served in the California State Assembly, representing the 53rd Assembly District, which covered coastal Los Angeles. During her tenure in the legislature, she prioritized bills addressing the needs of veterans, older Americans, working families, the environment, and consumer rights. Committed to those who have served our country, Betsy was honored to be named the 2011 Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of American and the 2012 Legislator of the Year by the American Veterans (AMVETS).

A committed advocate for fairness and equal rights, Betsy has worked for the California League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. She began her career in public service with Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy and was an appointee of President Bill Clinton in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

Betsy is an appointed member of the California Commission on Aging and an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission. She presently serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles, Equality California, the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and she is an Advisory Board member of the Soldier’s Project and Peace Over Violence, a domestic violence education and support organization.

Betsy graduated from San Diego State University and from the Executive Program in Management at UCLA.

Amy Poyer, Senior Staff Attorney

As Senior Staff Attorney, Amy oversees CWLC’s advocacy efforts across all areas, including gender discrimination, Title IX enforcement, women’s health and reproductive justice, and economic security.

Prior to joining CWLC, Amy was a litigation associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Los Angeles, where she represented a wide array of clients in large-scale commercial disputes through all stages of litigation. While at Akin Gump, Amy also worked on a multitude of pro bono matters, including representation of domestic violence victims and LGBTQ clients in petitions for asylum before the immigration court.

Before joining Akin Gump, Amy spent a year as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice Warren E. Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court in Boise, Idaho.

Amy earned her juris doctor magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law and received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from UCLA.

Taylor Ikemiya, Development Associate

Taylor is proud to help the California Women’s Law Center continue to seek justice for women and girls.

Prior to her work at CWLC, Taylor served the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles as the organization’s Development and Marketing Coordinator. There, she fulfilled the Foundation’s mission of educating and empowering underserved students from the greater Los Angeles area by means of fundraising, event coordination, outreach, and digital marketing.

Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies and minors in Politics and Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). While at UCSC, she was involved in a student-led, social justice nonprofit, the Everett Program, where Taylor facilitated The Program’s classes as well as designed, implemented, and executed a technology-centered project for youth in Inglewood, California.