Nickie Acero bio

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Nickie Acero bio
nickie@suwn.org Los Angeles

nickie@suwn.org
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.

Get to Know Nickie
What has your mentor taught you?
[My] mentors have taught me that doing work that matters to you and the world can start wherever you are and be channeled through your own unique passions and skills. All the world needs is for you to be fully and authentically you.

Which Step Up value resonates most with you?
Diversity + Justice. It is one of my life's passions to share dignity and cultivate belonging. I believe that a dogged commitment to justice is the way to do this. We are all born worthy and I am proud to work at a place committed to creating space for the voices, the rights, and the representation of folks who have been historically kept from their own magic.

What do you enjoy most about working at Step Up?
My favorite part of working at Step Up is the opportunity to be in community with phenomenal women. I am a better, braver person because of every teen, mentor, and colleague that is a part of this network.


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