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Dr. Bahia Overton

Executive Director

P: (503) 284-8000


Bahia 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.

Ms. Overton most recently served as the Director of Equity and Partnerships at the Chalkboard Project. She is also the Executive Consultant for Joy DeGruy Publications. She assists Dr. DeGruy in researching historical trauma and developing new models and methods for culturally responsive service delivery. Ms. Overton has also assisted with training and development for government agencies in creating and sustaining equitable policies and practices.

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. Ms. Overton serves on the following Boards and Councils: College Possible, Oregon Student Voice, Organic Oneness and Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group.

Ms. Overton is also an active member of the Bahài’ Faith which espouses the oneness of the human family.

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