Antoinette “Toni” Cockerham, LCSW currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Spence-Chapin, where she oversees the Human Resources, Marketing/Communications, and Facilities/Operations departments; and spearheads efforts to improve program operations throughout the organization. Prior to her promotion to COO, as Executive Vice President, External Relations and Family Services, Toni strengthened relationships with the families and stakeholders that Spence-Chapin serves. From 2016 to 2018, she organized and centralized staff training at Spence-Chapin as Associate Director of Training and Professional Development. The centerpiece of Toni’s Spence-Chapin career has been domestic adoption where she began in 1992 as a social worker in the African American Adoption Program and, where her achievements as supervisor, manager, associate director, and director led to the development of protocols still used today. Toni grew the African American Parents Advisory Committee into the vital, inclusive adoptive family peer support group that it is today and expanded Spence-Chapin’s African American Adoption Program into the largest in the Northeast. Toni led the Domestic Adoption Program until 2016—embracing transracial adoption practices that educate all participants and supporting clients of all races, genders, religions, and classes. Toni’s strong connections with adoptive families as well as her 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.