Meet Nicole

I’m a Licensed Master Social Worker and reproductive justice activist, and I have been in the reproductive justice field for over 10 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside great organizations such as SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice CollectiveAdvocates for YouthThe Pro Choice Public Education Project, the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive ChoicePlanned Parenthood of New York City, and Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS).

I’ve had amazing opportunities to speak with local and national lawmakers to gain support for policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health of women of youth of color, facilitated workshops and discussions on issues that affect women and girls of color, and have studied and written extensively on how a woman’s access to reproductive health services are interconnected to other areas of her life.

My work has focused primarily on Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous women and girls (and organizations that serve them), and my interests centers on HIV/STI prevention, parent-child communication, reproductive justice, sexuality, gender-based violence, spirituality, street harassment, activism, youth empowerment, community organizing, and improving the images of women of color in the media and culture. I also have a huge interest in promoting self care and having conversations with communities and organizations about taking care of themselves.

I wear 3 hats:

As a program evaluator, I take on evaluation projects where I use quantitative and qualitative data that captures your program/services’ strengths, how your participants view your program/service, and provide recommendations for enhancement. You can read more about how I develop my interest in program evaluation here.

As a social worker, I use the academic theories I’ve learned during my graduate studies at the Columbia University School of Social Work, combined with the social justice framework highlighted by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. I’m highly aware of the need for programs and services that are culturally relevant, allows for client/audience self-determination, and honors confidentiality.

As an activist, I know the power of effective communication and community collaboration. This often includes finding ways to get funding for your programs/services, getting the word out about what you do, facilitating discussions and workshops, and the importance of self care promotion and burnout prevention.

I also hold professional membership with the National Association of Social Workers (national and New York City chapters), the American Evaluation Association, and the New York Consortium of Evaluators.

But let’s go back to the beginning…

I’m a Georgia Peach, originally from Atlanta. I have a twin sister and I spent 25 years of my life in the South before leaving for the brights lights and chaos that’s New York City, where I currently reside.

I originally wanted to be a professional musician, declaring this after I picked up the violin in orchestra class in the 6th grade. I practiced nonstop, became cancer mistress in my middle and high school orchestra, went through 3 private violin instructors, and dragged my family to all of my orchestra performances, music camps, and private lessons.

This changed in November 2003, when I attended the first national conference of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice during my sophomore year at Spelman College.  As a member of Spelman’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance campus chapter, I had the opportunity to volunteer for the conference in exchange for free admission. That’s when I was introduced to the Reproductive Justice framework. I was inspired by SisterSong’s mission and what could become of the RJ framework, but I was mostly inspired by the young women of color who were at the conference, several whom were there on behalf of Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council (YWOCLC).

My interest in playing the violin professionally slowly faded, and I switched my major to psychology. I originally planned to develop a therapy practice, but the leadership and volunteer experiences I was exposed to through YWOCLC, the Pro-Choice Education Project’s Young Women’s Leadership Council, Helping Our Teen Girls in Real Life Situations (HOTGIRLS), and Cool Girls, Inc. started to lead my heart to the possibility of creating a nonprofit that caters to the needs of women and girls of color.

and how I got to this point…

After graduating from Spelman, I worked as a graduate research assistant with the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center. In the Evaluation department, I developed my skills in creating logic models, developing an evaluation, collecting data, collaborating with stakeholders, and reporting on evaluation findings. When my supervisor was on maternity leave, I took her place in attending conferences that centered on data, health and evaluation, including the American Evaluation Association’s Summer Institute. (I still have the 2007 program binder!)

Getting an insider’s peek in running a nonprofit, working with women and girls of color, providing young women with leadership opportunities, and developing and evaluating programs and services led me to social work and to the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Social work is one of the most versatile fields out there, and I originally focused on developing a clinical practice.

But it led me in another direction…

After graduating from Columbia in 2010, I worked as a case manager for Housing Works, a leading organization that fights for the rights of people living and and affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

In 2011, I went to my second SisterSong conference, in Miami. I volunteered on the planning committee, and in exchange I got to attend the conference for free, and have my travel and hotel accommodations paid for.

This time, social media had taken over, and like most conferences, attendees would use the conference hashtag to share insights from the conference. I tweeted up a storm, focusing mostly on the plenary sessions.

I wanted a place to put my tweets and reflections from the conference, so I copied them from Twitter into a simple blog post, and just like that, my blog was born.

My blog’s original intent was to help me share my views on Reproductive Justice, social work, and evaluation. Then I began getting contacted by organizations who wanted to know how much I charge for trainings and workshops.

I began to professionalize my blog and my social media platforms, networking and gaining as many professional and educational experiences as I could on building a location-independent consulting business, all while working full time. I gained several clients, and used my vacation days to meet with them. Working full time while building a business and brand is hard, and I slowly entertained the idea of leaving my day job to work for myself.

I never studied business or marketing. But networking and connecting with people who were leaders in evaluation, social work, and Reproductive Justice who had found a way to build businesses that utilize their passion and skills encouraged me to make a major life change.

After nearly 6 years of working with one-one-one with individuals confronting some of the most difficult moments of their lives, I realized that I would have a greater impact on changing lives by working directly with the organizations, businesses, and agencies that provide the programs and services.

And here I am today.

In 2016, I left my day job to take Nicole Clark Consulting full time. From attending the SisterSong conference in 2003 to being a front-line social worker, everything I have experienced has led me to this moment.

By sharing my expertise and experiences, Nicole Clark Consulting allows me to connect with people in ways I never imagined. I’m able to connect with organizations and communities on a deeper level, to help them raise their voices for themselves and for the women and girls of color they care about. Through developing life-changing programs and services, developing impactful workshops, and measuring impact, you can raise your voice for women and girls of color, too.

Are you ready to raise your voice? Let’s get started.