Edie Windsor & Thea Spyer Equality Award
Senator Shelley B. Mayer
State Senator Shelley B. Mayer (37th District) has spent her career as an advocate for New Yorkers. She is an experienced and progressive leader. Shelley was elected to the New York State Senate to represent the 37th District in an April 2018 Special Election, and she was subsequently re-elected in November 2018. Prior to her time in the State Senate, she served in the State Assembly for six years.
Shelley has spent her entire adult life working to make our society more inclusive and equal. As a civil rights lawyer, political activist, and legislator, she is proud to champion equality of opportunity for all.
Shelley has been actively involved in the community for many years, serving as a member of the Yonkers NAACP, Yonkers YWCA, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and Westchester Women’s Agenda. She is a member of the Yonkers Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Shelley also previously served on the Board of the Jewish Council of Yonkers/Westchester Community Partners and the Yonkers Public Library. to be updated soon!
The LOFT Business Ally Award
PepsiCo- EQUAL Group
EQUAL, PepsiCo’s employee resource group for LGBTQ+ associates and their allies, aims to promote an open, inclusive and respectful work environment. Having started in the 1990s, the group has helped to advance PepsiCo’s culture, the launch of an annual Global Ally Day across our office locations, the creation of the PepsiCo pride flag displayed around the world, and achieving a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
The LOFT Ally Award
Captain James Spencer, WPPD
Captain James G. Spencer II started his career with The White Plains Police Department in June 1999. He has worked in various assignments while working his way up the ranks of the Department. Some include Police Officer assigned to Special Operations Nightlife Enforcement, Criminal Investigations Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Community Advocacy & Strategic Initiatives Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Special Operations Executive Officer, and Community Policing Executive Officer. He was promoted to Captain in December 2018 and is now assigned as The Commanding Officer of The Criminal Investigations, and The Community Advocacy & Strategic Initiatives. His Command oversees The Domestic Violence / Victim Services Unit, Mental Health Outreach, School Resource Officers, Background Investigations, and all Criminal Investigations, as well as The Warrants Unit, Narcotics Unit and Intelligence Unit. He has completed several police trainings, including the NYPD Hostage Negotiations Seminar in 2003, NYPD Homicide Training in 2005, IACP Leadership training in 2009, The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2011, and is a graduate of the 248th session of The FBI National Academy March 2012. He is a Police Instructor and also a member of The City of White Plains Mayor’s Youth Board. Captain Spencer has worked closely with The LOFT to help protect and assist the LGBTQ Community in Westchester County.
Legacy Gala Emcee
Record Emmy Winning News 12 Anchor, Reporter, and Producer
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