Sierra Nazel

Sierra Nazel

Professional Mentor

Sierra is a Bay Area native- born in Oakland, yet experiencing life all over the Bay. She received an Associates degree in Social Science from Laney College. Where she competed on the women’s track and field team, and received the Peralta Association of African American Affair’s scholarship for her academic achievements. Sierra continued her education at San Jose State University and graduated in 2017 with a BA in Sociology. In hopes of furthering her commitment to marginalized communities, especially those of color. Sierra has worked as a Behavioral Therapist for children on the spectrum of Autism, which developed her practice within ABA therapy. She worked as a Recreational Leader assisting Youth and Adult Sports; later gaining experience coaching youth basketball. Currently, Sierra is actively pursuing a career as a Licensed Social Worker to provide therapy and support for vulnerable youth and women of color.

Outside of her professional life, Sierra is a developing artist. She enjoys painting still-life portraits or creating pieces that spark conversations of deep-rooted issues in society. Furthermore, she is often spending time reading, soaking up the sun, playing basketball, or hunting for the best chicken & waffles. Sierra joined Friends of the Children–SF Bay Area believing in the power a compassionate relationship has on a child- as she grew up sharing similar experiences with youth in the program, and had informal mentors throughout her life to turn to.