Trans Health Care Advocate from Beaver, Utah Accepts CEO Position
Stacey Jackson-Roberts, MSW, LCSW-C, a transgender woman and long-time advocate for transgender and BIPOC health care will become the next CEO of the Utah Pride Center.
[Salt Lake City, UT – August 18th, 2021] – After a nationwide search for the next CEO, the Utah Pride Center (UPC) Board knows Stacey Jackson-Roberts, MSW, LCSW-C (she/her/hers) will bring valuable expertise, insight, and leadership skills to the Utah Pride Center, pointing to her decades of experience in healthcare policy, program administration, labor relations, and clinical practice.
Stacey Jackson-Roberts was born and raised on a cattle ranch and dairy farm in Beaver, Utah. With family ties in more rural parts of Utah, she knows what it’s like to grow up in communities that are less affirming to LGBTQ+ individuals. Jackson-Roberts plans on using that life experience to focus on increasing resources in more remote parts of the state and in systemically marginalized communities.
“As a transgender kid growing up in a small town in the outskirts of Utah, it was hard to find belonging and acceptance. I know there are LGBTQ+ youth in more rural parts of the state that need the support, that need to know the Utah Pride Center is there for them, and wants them to feel heard, loved, and accepted,” said Stacey Jackson-Roberts
“As a transgender kid growing up in a small town in the outskirts of Utah, it was hard to find belonging and acceptance. I know there are LGBTQ+ youth in more rural parts of the state that need the support, that need to know the Utah Pride Center is there for them, and wants them to feel heard, loved, and accepted,”Stacey Jackson-Roberts.
Jackson-Roberts has spent the last 20 years living in the Washington D.C. area doing work related to the intersection of law and policy—including on the Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy—and delivery of integrative health care in underserved communities. Stacey also was a program administrator at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. While there, she earned a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
As the Lead Therapist for LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health, at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baltimore, Stacey built out a dedicated line of LGBTQ+ services in a predominantly BIPOC community in a high need, underserved city. While there she worked to form a coalition of allied BIPOC, LGBTQ+, healthcare organizations, and labor unions to pass state legislation in Maryland. This was key in making Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) more accessible. Stacey also helped found Collective Action for Safe Spaces, which works to end street-based sexual harassment and assault among women, queer, trans, black, and indigenous people of color in the Washington D.C. area. She also previously served as a Health Policy Fellow with the Transgender Law Center in California, working to expand health care parity for gender diverse individuals.
Before moving to D.C. Jackson-Roberts earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Constitutional Studies from Utah State University. Other accomplishments include:
- MSW, Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA
- Executive Council Member and Delegate, 1199SEIU: United Healthcare Workers East, 400,000+ member majority-minority union across NY, MA, MD, DC, FL, and NJ with HQ in NYC.
- Small business owner/ Private Practice Therapist
Stacey Jackson-Roberts will begin her duties as CEO at the Utah Pride Center on September 1st, 2021. She plans on launching a listening tour of Utah to hear from LGBTQ+ members to see how the Utah Pride Center can better serve the communities in Utah. She will also focus on expanding virtual and online services to reach more people around the state.