Nekkita Beans

Behind the Color Line- Advancing Racial Equity in the American Dream

As a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) with a passion for equitable community building, Nekkita Beans has dedicated her career to working to catalyze change in communities of promise. In her role as Special Projects Manager at Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, she supports the executive functioning of the nonprofit organization through fundraising and resource development, strategic planning, public relations, and special event coordination. Most notably in her career, Nekkita was responsible for coordinating two equity-driven efforts, the “Don’t Miss Your Shot,” the District of Columbia’s first COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic, and THRIVE East of the River, the largest direct cash transfer program to date in the United States history. In her community work, Nekkita prioritizes radical imagination and racial equity to cocreate a sustainable impact and amplify the voices of BIPOC communities that have been systemically disinvested and marginalized.

Currently, Miss Beans is pursuing her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) with a concentration in Administrative Leadership from the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on racialized obstacles to the American Dream for Black communities. Her previous academic achievements include being recognized as Who’s Who while receiving her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mississippi in 2018 and being named Master Social Work (MSW) Scholar of the Year during her tenure at the University of Alabama in 2019.

In her spare time, Miss Beans owns and operates Sweet Magnolia Creative Consulting, an agency dedicated to helping drive innovation forward through project management, brand strategy, design, and nonprofit development. Nekkita enjoys actively seeking opportunities to grow her capacity to collaborate with communities creatively.