Deidra Somerville (PhD, MSW)
Executive Director of Mental Health Branch
Born in Ramaytush Ohlone territory (San Francisco, CA) Deidra Somerville is a mother, activist scholar and healer whose work is intentional in organizing, cooperative development, healing from trauma, and advancing decolonized principles and practices in organizational spaces. Dr. Somerville is trained in clinical and liberatory based healing strategies and draws upon these approaches in her work with clients and communities. She is a lifelong learner and carries this interest into the veins of her approaches to organizational development, leadership, organizing and her work as a healer. She is a proud graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (BA Sociology, Political Science) and Boston University (MSW - Human Resources Management) and earned her PhD in community psychology at National Louis University.