SAVE Names Miami LGBTQ Activist Elizabeth 'Liz' Regalado as Chair of Board of Directors
In response to the appointment, Liz expressed how proud she is to have celebrated many great hard fought victories during her 11-year tenure on the Board, but looked to challenges ahead.
"We have much work to do in order to achieve full equality in the workplace and beyond, not just for LGBTQ Floridians, but also for women, minorities, and the disadvantaged, which count among their ranks a disproportionate number of LGBTQ people in need of help," she said. "It is with great humility that I accept the call to service as the first woman to chair SAVE's Board of Directors. I have never been more excited about the work ahead -- and that work starts now."
Regalado brings to the helm of SAVE a background in social services administration. In her most recent position as Assistant Executive Director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, Liz’s role was to assist the Trust by managing the processes of planning, funding, assessing, engaging and placing individuals and families experiencing homelessness into housing and services.
Liz has served in various other capacities within county government, including but not limited to, the design and implementation of the Social Services Master Plan; the Census 2000 Outreach Campaign; oversight of programs providing a variety of housing and services to those living with HIV/AIDS, substance use and abuse, and behavioral health disorders, survivors of domestic abuse and violence, and hurricane recovery. In 2014, Regalado retired after thirty-seven years of service to Miami Dade County’s most vulnerable and marginalized residents.
In addition to her record of service to the County, Regalado has served on SAVE's Board of Directors, most recently in the role of Secretary, for the last eleven years. SAVE looks forward to implementing her vision for the organization over the coming election cycle and the months ahead.
"The change in leadership will start a new era here at SAVE," said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. "Liz's plans for her tenure as Chair of SAVE's Board of Directors are nothing short of visionary, and I couldn't be more optimistic for the future of equality for our local LGBTQ community."
About SAVE: SAVE’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Established in 1993, SAVE accomplishes this mission through education initiatives, outreach, grassroots organizing, and advocacy. Starting with the landmark passage of Miami's Human Rights Ordinance in 1998 to recent enactments of domestic partner benefit policies, SAVE continues to lead the fight for LGBT equality through grassroots action focused on civil rights, parental rights, and relationship recognition through political advocacy, community outreach, candidate endorsements.