Antoinette “Toni” Cockerham currently serves as Executive Vice President, External Relations and Family Services, where she forges and deepens relationships with the families and stakeholders that Spence-Chapin serves. Toni began her career at Spence-Chapin in 1992 as a case worker for the African American Adoption Program. Just two years later, she began managing the Minority Adoptions Program, and chairing the African American Recruitment Task Force, while collaborating with the African American Advisory Committee. Her work led to the development of two new programs—The Fathers’ Support Group and The Fathers’ Mentoring Program—and to the expansion of Spence-Chapin’s African American Adoption Program into the largest in the Northeast. In 2002, Toni became the Associate Director of the Domestic Adoption Program at Spence-Chapin, and over the next 14 years, helped lead that program through some of its most exciting and challenging times. Toni’s strong connections with adoptive families, community groups, and organizations, as well as her ongoing adoption education work through media campaigns, articles, and presentations have greatly benefited both Spence-Chapin and the broader adoption community.
Toni received a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from Columbia School of Social Work.