Toni D. Newman (born December 3, 1962) is an African-American transgender author, sex workers' rights advocate, and Executive Director of St. James Infirmary in San Francisco. She is the author of I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman, a 2011 memoir about her gender transition which was nominated for multiple Lambda Literary Awards and became the basis for a short film, Heart of a Woman.
Newman was raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1985. Prior to becoming Executive Director of St. James Infirmary in May 2018, Newman worked as interim director of development and communications for the To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Center in Los Angeles, as a strategic fundraiser and legislative aide for Equality California, and as development officer for Maitri Compassionate Care.