LaWanda Swan

An advocate, prevention strategist, scholar-practitioner, and influencer, Wanda Swan, she/ her/ hers, is a nationally-awarded thought leader in survivor advocacy, anti-oppression work, restorative justice, and violence prevention.

She has been deeply embedded within the anti-violence movement as a professional practitioner for over 15 years and her work has spanned across higher education, corporate and state governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. As both a curator and co-conspirator of systems and research that informs her field of practice, Wanda currently holds co-founder and leadership roles in professional organizations like Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) and The Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Education and Response Knowledge Community (NASPA).  She is also a national technical assistance provider and consultant who has trained anti-violence professionals on the benefits of adopting an Anti-Oppressive Advocacy framework to better support historically-marginalized survivors of violence. 

Wanda currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of The Swan Center for Advocacy & Research, a Georgia-based 501(c)(3) that prioritizes Black and/or African-American survivors of violence. She is also CEO and Founder of Start By Talking, LLC, an anti-racism education and organizational assessment company that supports leaders in sustaining anti-oppressive futures.