Staff

Betsy Butler, Executive Director

Betsy Butler is the Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center 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 America 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 the Chair of the California Commission on Aging and is 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.

Angelique Lizarde, Communications and Marketing Director

Angelique has extensive experience as a bilingual broadcast journalist. Most recently, she was the primary anchor for the award-winning NBC affiliate in Southern Arizona where, in addition to her on-air commitments, Angelique worked closely with Make-A-Wish Arizona, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to help those in need. Angelique was also a strong advocate for educating parents and children about the importance of learning to swim and water safety; in 2018 she was recognized by the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona for her efforts to keep children safe in and around the water. 

Prior to her work in Arizona, Angelique was a general assignment reporter for the CBS affiliate in San Diego where she covered a variety of high profile cases, including many that made national headlines. She was an active member of her community through frequent interactions with non-profit organizations as well as elected and policy leaders.

Angelique also served as the Acting Communications Information Officer for San Diego Miramar College where she worked closely with college administrators and city officials to accomplish a variety of projects on and off campus. Born and raised in San Diego, Angelique received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.   

Thais Alves, University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellow

As a legal fellow, Thais researches, writes, and engages in many other areas of legal support in all areas of CWLC’s work. While attending UCLA Law School, Thais interned with the Public Law Center working on housing issues for veterans, and also volunteered at the University of California’s Immigrant Legal Services Center assisting undocumented students with their legal needs. She also interned with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the California Attorney General’s Office.

Thais received her juris doctor from UCLA School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in History, magna cum laude, from the University of California, at Irvine.

Taylor Gumm, University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellow

Taylor engages in research, writing, and other legal support in all areas of CWLC’s work. While attending UCLA Law School, Taylor externed with Public Counsel’s Children Rights Project working to assist families in completing their adoption proceedings. Taylor also served as a research assistant for several UCLA Law school professors, focusing on criminal justice reform.

Taylor received her juris doctor from UCLA School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.