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Meet Nicole 2017-05-20T15:38:13+00:00

Meet Nicole

I’m a licensed social worker, Reproductive Justice activist, program/workshop designer, and program evaluator. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with great organizations like Advocates for YouthHelping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS), Planned Parenthood Federation of AmericaPlanned Parenthood of New York City, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC), SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Social Workers for Reproductive JusticeThe Pro Choice Public Education Project, the Young Women of Color Health Advocacy Coalition, and more.

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 focuses primarily on lived experiences of Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous women and girls (and organizations that serve them), and my interests are expansing, especially related to the Reproductive Justice framework, youth-adult partnerships, activism, culturally responsive evaluation, design thinking, community organizing, and radical self care. I also have a huge interest in sharing the benefits of entrepreneurship for social workers.

Photography by Jen Painter

I wear 3 hats:

As a program designer & evaluator, I work with clients to create and revise their programs, services, and campaigns based on cultural responsiveness and relevant evaluation theory models, using the guiding principles of the American Evaluation Association using quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis that captures a program’s strengths and areas of opportunities.

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 to share my expertise on the current climate of social work, along with encouraging more social workers to become entrepreneurs.

As an activist, I center all of my work on centering the lived experiences of women and girls of color in a variety of ways, including collaborating with organizations that want to build their capacity to be culturally responsive, developing youth-adult partnerships, and importance of radical self care for individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

I also hold professional memberships 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.

I originally wanted to be a professional musician, declaring this after I picked up the violin in orchestra class in the 6th grade after bing inspired by Claudia Salinger on the Fox TV how Party of Five. I practiced nonstop, became concertmaster in my middle and high school orchestras, 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.

My interest in playing the violin professionally slowly faded, and I switched my college major to psychology. I originally planned to develop a private therapy practice, but the leadership and volunteer experiences I had through YWOCLC, the Pro-Choice Education Project’s Young Women’s Leadership Council, 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 went on maternity leave, I took her place in attending conferences that centered on program 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 still had my career focus on opening a private clinical practice (along with running a nonprofit).

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 4 blog posts, and just like that, my blog was born.

My blog’s original intent was to help me articulate  my views on Reproductive Justice and feminism, later adding 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 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 May 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 point.

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

Nicole’s Professional Biography

Nicole Clark is a Reproductive Justice activist, licensed social worker, and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting. Nicole works with organizations, schools, agencies to build capacity in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and services that speak to the lived experiences of women and girls of color. Grounded in the Reproductive Justice framework, Nicole provides in-person, online and remote trainings in program design, workshop curriculum development, evaluation design and implementation, and organizational strategic planning. Nicole is also a sought-after speaker on the Reproductive Justice framework, strengths-based thinking and communities of color, self care and community care, youth-adult partnerships, community-based participatory research, culturally responsive evaluation, organizational evaluative thinking, stakeholder engagement, human-centered design, feminism, racial justice, allyship for adults working with women and girls of color, parent-child communication, health education advocacy, and entrepreneurship as a career option for social workers. Nicole is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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