Nia Eshu Martin-Robinson is a fierce, femme-tellectual, queer, black woman originally from Detroit, MI and currently residing in Slidell, LA. Nia’s activism lives at the intersection of Reproductive and Environmental Justice. Her path as an activist and advocate began at Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and later switched gears to sharpen her organizing skills with the Service Employees International Union. From 2006-2011, she served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. There she worked with her team to bring the voices of people of color, Indigenous Peoples and low-income communities to the debate on a state, federal and international level. While in leadership, she also co-authored a report examining the impacts of Climate change and climate change policy on African Americans entitled A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming and a Just Climate Policy in the U.S.
Nia's work centering Women of Color led her to serves as the Activist in Residence at Bennett College for Women, one of two historically Black colleges for women from 2009-2013. There, as a non-traditional student, Nia completed her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Political Science and minors in Sociology and Global Studies.
Nia is a facilitator, trainer and convener. Possessing the belief that women of color, Indigenous Women and low-income women’s reproduction is a revolutionary act, Nia’s work has often centered around creating dialogue around the disproportionate impact of environmental issues women and girls of color and looking at the reemergence of population control rhetoric in the climate change debate and the dangerous implications that this has on marginalized communities.
Today, Nia’s professional focus is centered around reproductive health, rights and justice. In addition to being a proud Spark board member, Nia is currently lending her talents and expertise to Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Regional Campaign Director.