Lakisha R. Austin, MSW, LCSW


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I grew up right here in Boston, MA. I attended University of Massachusetts Boston and graduated in 2000 with a double major in Economics and Africana Studies. I earned my Masters in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in 2014. I am currently enrolled in Simmons College of Management’s Class of 2018 as an MBA candidate.

Outside of Fathers’ Uplift, I also founded Blessed Harvest Coaching. As the Executive Director of the program, I was responsible for funding initiatives, forging community partnerships, program facilitation, and recruitment. I also created R.O.C.K. Your Life Girls Life Coaching Program which is a nonprofit in Boston that is designed to serve girls ages 14 to 21 to help them overcome adversity and cultivate their inner strengths to succeed despite any traumatic experiences they have gone through. I actually have two professional role models because I can’t choose just one! Oprah and Jada Pinkett-Smith inspire me every day.

I also can’t choose just one person to invite to dinner with my family, so I would just make sure we could fit another chair at the table so that Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman could be there.

When I am not at the office, I am either on the beach with my friends or at home with my family.