Staff

Betsy Butler, Executive Director

Betsy Butler has been fighting for equality and justice throughout her career. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) where she works to create a more just and equitable society by breaking down barriers and advancing the potential of women and girls through transformative litigation, policy advocacy and education.

Prior to joining CWLC, Betsy served in the California State Assembly representing the 53rd District covering coastal Los Angeles. During her tenure in the legislature, Betsy 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 Legislator of the Year by both the Vietnam Veterans of America and 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, D.C.

Betsy is an appointed member and Immediate Past Chair of the California Commission on Aging and a former appointed member of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission (2016-2021) and the California Film Commission (2008-2010). She presently serves on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project of Los Angeles, Equality California, the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Creative Acts and the Advisory Board of 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.

Marily Lopez, Development Associate and Office Manager

Marily Lopez joins California Women’s Law Center as the Development Associate and Office Manager after having served as the Database Coordinator for Ganna Walska Lotusland, a botanic garden in Santa Barbara, California. At Lotusland, she managed the organization’s database and coordinated fundraising and membership efforts. Prior to that, Marily interned for A Different Point of View, a Santa Barbara nonprofit organization that engages and transforms the lives of underserved youth through aviation and mentorship. Inspired by their impact on young people’s lives, Marily became a member of their Board in 2019. Marily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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, summa 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.