Toni Broaddus is the acting National Director of Political Affairs & Advocacy for Compassion & Choices, the nation’s leading organization supporting and advocating for patient-centered end-of-life care. Toni led the organization’s successful effort to pass the End of Life Option Act in 2015, expanding end-of-life options in California by making medical aid in dying an open, accessible, and legitimate medical practice available to mentally competent and terminally ill Californians.
Throughout her career, Toni has worked with non-profit organizations, funder collaboratives, elected officials and government agencies to develop and implement policies that eliminate discrimination and recognize the inherent autonomy and dignity of individuals and families. Toni has passed legislation, drafted agency regulations, planned ballot campaigns, and led coalitions. She has co-founded multiple organizations, including a state and national LGBT rights organization, a progressive legal conference, and a marriage equality organization.
Prior to joining Compassion & Choices, Toni worked as a consultant specializing in policy & advocacy support for non-profit social justice organizations. Her work has included developing and implementing a strategy for improving federal non-discrimination protections at the Department of Justice, managing a coalition and helping them develop a research & community education campaign in California, and managing the exploratory campaign for a California Assembly candidate. Toni previously served as the founding executive director for Equality Federation, the national alliance of state organizations working for equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. While at the Federation, Toni co-chaired a coalition of national LGBT organizations and funders collaborating and pooling resources to achieve policy goals in key states; she also worked extensively to help state groups plan and launch advocacy strategies as well as statewide ballot measure campaigns. Toni served as Equality California’s first program director where she led the field effort to pass one of the first comprehensive domestic partnership laws in the country. In 2000, she served as Deputy on the first California marriage ballot measure known as Prop 22. She was a co-founder of the California Freedom to Marry Coalition and Californians for Civil Marriage and organized the first funder briefing to identify and urge support for the marriage equality campaigns that soon came to dominate LGBT political strategy. Toni also practiced law for a brief period, representing LGBT families as well as plaintiffs in employment discrimination and therapy malpractice litigation. A graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Toni helped found the first statewide gay rights organization in her home state of Oklahoma and has been an active supporter of women’s rights.