Nickie Acero


Nickie Acero

Director organizational effectiveness

12 years of service

Los Angeles

Nickie is an interdisciplinary and intersectional change agent, rooted in equity and dedicated to evidence-based practices that make an impact toward justice and joy.

Over the last 15 years, she has been working with communities in the margins, providing safe spaces to connect, conducting trainings, and ensuring access to resources. Nickie has worked with folks of all ages, from young children to older adults, with a particular expertise in the unique needs of high school and college-aged women. At work, as in life, Nickie toggles between the theoretical and the applied. She might be designing a program evaluation framework one day and leading teacher training the next. Currently, as Step Up's director of organizational effectiveness, she focuses on continuous improvement and change management.

When not at work, you can find Nickie biking or skating at the beach, discussing women of color, queer, feminist theory at the coffee shop, or trying to find other nerds to talk to about sci-fi and natal charts.

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