Over the years, Torie has guided some of the nation’s most effective non-profit organizations as they tackled tremendous challenges – including the AIDS crisis, LGBT rights, and economic justice. In her role as top policy advisor for Supervisor Kuehl, she focuses on economic equity and human rights, and oversees Commission appointments; to date, she has worked on raising the minimum wage, initiating the County’s Center for Financial Empowerment, helping expand LGBT youth services countywide, and working toward a major initiative on women and girls. Previously, Torie served as Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Community Services for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, overseeing the Mayor’s field staff and civic engagement programs, and immigration reform strategy; she also advised the Mayor on homelessness and poverty policy. As a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow, she co-founded Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Strategic Partnership, a national model for collaboration between philanthropy and local government. At the County, Torie was key to launching a similar effort, the new Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnership in the Office of Child Protection.
Torie was executive director for many years of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s most admired social-change foundations, and of the LA LGBT Center at the height of the AIDS epidemic, as well as serving at the helm of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. She has also worked on governance and fiscal reform with California Calls, increasing voter participation by young people, people of color and immigrants. Torie is known nationally for her community-organizing approach to solving problems and for being at the leading edge of major fights for social justice over five decades. She is a published author and former columnist with a BA in English from Middlebury College and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School. She lives in Santa Monica with her big gray cat, George, and enjoys hiking, movies, live music, and theater, and is an avid reader.