Spencer, right, with his husband, Paolo and their dog, Ben.
Spencer’s life has always been centered around serving his communities, especially those who are less-than privileged.
In Middle School, guided by his mother who led the Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition, he learned the lesson of giving back to his community by spending summers packing hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for homeless children.
In college, Spencer worked on the board of the Pride Student Union to ensure that every student, no matter their background, orientation or gender had a voice in their community.
After college, Spencer and his now-husband, Paolo, moved from Florida to California. He had always known he wanted to live in the Bay Area, especially San Francisco. His maternal grandparents had called San Francisco home since the 70s, so he was warmly welcomed.
While working at LendUp, Spencer learned the value of providing services to people long excluded from them. LendUp helped millions of individuals cover day-to-day and emergency expenses, providing alternatives to predatory payday lenders and check cashing.
Spencer then founded LegalWin to provide low-income individuals access to the justice system (which, let’s be frank, often only works only for the wealthy). LegalWin helped guide over a hundred individuals through the justice system and gave Spencer the opportunity to work with several Bay Area legal aid non-profits.
Today he lives in Lower Nob Hill and works as head of the delivery services division at GoGo Technologies. They help provide services such as transportation and meal delivery to seniors, enabling them to maintain their independence without relying on new technology.
Spencer’s work has exposed him to various social injustices. This, along with his own background as a gay, 3rd generation, mixed Chinese-American, makes Spencer believe that San Francisco is ready for a new generation of leaders who represent the city’s spirit of innovation and compassion.