Adia Nembhard originated from Jamaican, immigrant parents and was born and raised in Southern California. Connecting with loved ones, cycling and keeping an assortment of plants alive help to keep her grounded. She maintains a License in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Private Practice, her primary focus is to support the improvement in relationship with self and others with a specialty in working with members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ + communities. She simultaneously functions as the Assistant Director of the Wraparound program at the San Diego Center for Children. There her aim is to support the success of the program while paying particular attention to the clinical development and professional growth of the highly qualified team.
Over the course of the last several years Adia has participated in the professional development and training of over 100 staff at the San Diego Center for Children (SDCC). She has embraced the topic of Social Justice in many forms including facilitating trainings in house and at a National Conference, initiating clinical discussions with Sr. leadership of the impacts of white supremacy on mental health, institutionalized racism, and explored professional advocacy with marginalized populations within oppressive systems like education, housing, juvenile justice and child welfare. Adia has had the honor of co-founding and co-facilitating a Black Staff Support Group and a Social Justice Process Group for the organization. She remains an active and inaugural member of the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity in Action committee at SDCC where one of the chief goals is to establish a more inclusionary and egalitarian culture within the organization. She is also leading a workgroup tasked with creating and delivering training that support organization initiatives towards inclusivity, diversity, and equity.