Tracy L. WelshChief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Tracy L. Welsh is the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Tracy aligns SAGE's financial direction, operations and systems in keeping with the organization's mission and its strategic priorities. In addition, Tracy works in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer to oversee organizational planning and implementation; and to identify, recommend and pursue strategic financial and operational opportunities that keep the organization healthy.
Tracy has a long and distinguished career with more than 20 years' experience providing critical legal and advocacy services for people living with HIV/AIDS and championing positive women's health and empowerment. Prior to SAGE, she was Executive Director of the HIV Law Project, where she became well known for her keen policy insights and staunch dedication to a client-first approach. Tracy made dignity and empowerment the first measure of HIV Law Project's impact on the AIDS community and fiscal stability and long-term financial sustainability its foundation.
During her tenure at HIV Law Project, she founded the Center for Women and HIV Advocacy (CWHA), engaged the entire agency in the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan, and initiated a successful re-branding effort. She was actively involved in HIV Law Project's policy and advocacy work, and a passionate advocate for social justice for low-income people and traditionally disenfranchised communities.
Before joining the HIV Law Project, Tracy worked with low-income communities in the Bronx, where she handled some of the earliest guardianship cases for grandparent caregivers whose adult children died from AIDS. In 1995 she joined the legal team at Gay Men's Health Crisis and successfully litigated hundreds of cases. In 1988 she assumed leadership of the then newly emerging HIV Advocacy Project at Queens Legal Services. Under her direction, Queen Legal Services grew to be recognized as the leading provider of HIV-related legal services to low-income people residing in Queens.
Tracy holds a Juris Doctorate from CUNY School of Law and a Masters in Policy and Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.