Nadia Swanson, LMSW, is the Coordinator of Training and Capacity Building at The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project (GFP). GFP provides clinical services to families with transgender and gender expansive children. GFP also facilitates trainings and capacity building to schools, social service agencies, and medical/mental health services on creating gender inclusive services. GFP’s motto is “Acceptance is Protection”.
Nadia received their Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Anthropology from Hofstra University and their MSW from Rutgers University. They have worked domestically and internationally for organizations such as American Friends Service Committee, UNICEF India, SCO Family of Services, The Child is Innocent, GLSEN and The Ali Forney Center (AFC). They have spent their career working specifically with families within the child welfare system, LGBTQ youth, immigrant communities and homelessness.
In their work at AFC they provided clinical direct services and then as the Coordinator of Training and Advocacy. Nadia had the opportunity and pleasure of supervising the drop in center, providing trainings locally and nationally on LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness, supervise the Youth Advocate program and work on campaigns such as Raising the Runaway and Homeless Youth Age in NYC. Nadia also has provided clinical services and training to social workers on supporting LGBTQ youth who have experienced trafficking to child welfare workers in NYC and nationally for the Office of Victims of Crime.
Nadia served as a leader of The Radical Social Work Group, which has shaped them has a social worker. They are passionate about working within their LGBTQ community and communities of color to empower leadership. They uses their experience in direct service to drive their work in program development and training. Nadia is committed to centering the communities we work to serve in order to create programs that are effective and affirming.