Nia Desiré Clark is a macro social worker and former foster youth with over 20 years of experience working with and on behalf of underserved communities. 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 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 America. As an 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. Nia holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons University.