New Leader for Black Parent Initiative
Children's advocate to lead organization
11/26/2019, 4:02 p.m.
Bahia Overton, a children’s advocate with deep experience in the field of social work and serving community-based organizations, is the new executive director for the Black Parent Initiative, a Portland nonprofit established in 2006 to help local African American families achieve financial, education and spiritual success.
The appointment was announced last week by the Black Parent Initiative board of directors, a panel in which Overton has also served.
Overton holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Masters degree in social work. She is completing her Ph.D. in social work research, focusing on the experiences of African American female adolescents in foster care. She most recently served as the director of Equity and Partnerships at the Chalkboard Project. She is also the Executive Consultant for Joy DeGruy Publications, assisting Dr. DeGruy in researching historical trauma and developing new models and methods for culturally responsive service delivery.
With over 14 years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she has served as Child and Family Therapist, Curriculum Developer and Culturally-Specific Treatment Specialist in several states, with various community based organizations and government entities.
“As always, the staff and board of directors at BPI are grateful for our community's support as we continue to deliver high quality programs and services to families of black and multi-racial children to break generational cycles, achieving financial, educational, health and spiritual success and well- being,” BPI officials said.