Nia Clark (she/her) has spent over 16 years changing systems from within as a consultant, trainer, direct service provider, researcher and LGBTQ+ youth advocate. Nia is the Lead Facilitator for the Next Level course and has been consulting with the HRC Foundation throughout the course creation process. She worked for over 8 years as a direct care counselor and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) trainer at The Home for Little Wanderers, one of the nation's oldest youth-serving agencies.
From 2015-2017 Nia was the Mentoring Coordinator at LifeWorks, the youth development and mentoring program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where she was responsible for overseeing nearly 50 active one-to-one matches between LGBTQ+ youth and adults each year. In 2016, she was the consulting producer of the Emmy-nominated MTV documentary, TRANSFORMATION, a film featuring herself and six trans & gender-diverse youth. Nia is currently an Expert Trainer for the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children – All Families Project, an initiative that helps child welfare agencies achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for queer youth in foster care.
She additionally works as a National LGBTQ+ Mentoring Coach for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to assist them in providing more inclusive mentoring services and resources to queer youth and mentors across the U.S. As an expert advisory board member and external investigator for the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she assists with multiple research projects aimed at reducing substance use and adversities among gender and sexual minority youth. She was also a contributing author to Oxford University's recent textbook publication Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors (2nd ed.).
As an activist for Black trans women and foster youth, Nia is regularly sought after for various speaking engagements, panels, and local & national conferences. She is additionally a record-breaking three-time Point Foundation Scholar and obtained her master's degree in Social Work from Simmons University in 2021.