Le’Char Toki

Community Organizer


As Community Organizer, Le’Char’s focus is on breaking the isolation of cisgender and transgender women and gender non-conforming people with incarcerated loved ones. She does this through running cohorts of Essie’s signature Healing to Advocacy program and by supporting the member leaders who facilitate them. She thrives in facilitating space for members to heal, connect, and mobilize in the fight to free our incarcerated loved ones.

Le’Char has a fierce dedication to people-powered advocacy and organizing. Her passion is to be with her community, listen to what people want and need, and work to make those visions of liberation a reality. Le’Char honed these skills in prior management roles, and prior to joining the staff team at Essie, Char was a leader in the SB1157 legislative campaign to protect in-person visitation in CA’s county jails. Le’Char first joined Essie as a member; she graduated from a Healing to Advocacy cohort in 2016. In 2017, she facilitated her first cohort at Essie before joining the Essie staff team. Le’Char has completed multiple courses of the Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) national training program, including Amandla Fundamentals and Praxis.