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Octavia Lewis, MPA

Bronx, NY

Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA leads all Transgendered related programing and services at The Hetrick-Martin Institute through providing the youth with transferrable skills needed to navigate the systems which are in place to assist them while teaching them to find their voices to advocate for themselves, educating allies on what it means to be an ally, and leading through exemplary leadership skills on living one's authentic life unapologetically. Octavia has also accomplished several noteworthy accomplishments since relocating to New York City in May of 2011.

She graduated from the Audre Lorde Project Trans Justice School, was The Keynote Speaker at the 2nd Annual Buffalo Trans Health Conference, Panelist at New York University's Living Out Loud Series for World AIDS Day, Commencement Speaker at HMI's HSE Graduation, Panelist at Columbia University on Gender and Sexuality, Facilitated workshops at the First and Second Annual Newark LGBTQ Youth Summit, Co-Facilitator of JOG (Just One of the Girls) Intervention, Published an article in The Root entitled "I'M BLACK, I'M TRANS, I'M HIV-POSITIVE AND I'M OK", Completed the Cover for the March edition of POZ Magazine and Becoming the Foster mother of a 18 month old named Ethan whom she hopes to adopt.

Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA holds an Associate in General Studies from Atlanta Metropolitan College, a Bachelors in Business Administration/Marketing from Georgia Gwinnett College, a Masters in Public Administration/Health Services Management, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Health/Advocacy and Leadership at Capella University.