Gwen Wilson, LCSW

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Executive & Clinical Director
G.O.A.L.S. for Women

Gwen identifies through the intersecting lenses/contexts of African American differently-abled woman, social justice advocate, lesbian, single mother of two adult daughters and mental health consumer/licensed clinical provider. As a social justice advocate and consumer, Gwen founded and currently leads the first African American female consumer-operated mental health supportive service program in Southern California which achieved 501c3 status and public benefit incorporation status in 1997. In 1999, Gwen relocated to Northern California and attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare in 1999. While operating G.O.A.L.S. as a volunteer agency, attending graduate school full time and volunteering, including a short term on the Alameda County Mental Health Board between 2000-2002, Gwen became neurologically and later mobility impaired and wheelchair bound in 2000. However, her motivation was not deterred. Gwen went on to serve as the District 5 representative on the mental Health Board between and complete a master's degree in community mental health. Gwen continues to operate the consumer/provider-led outpatient clinic in Berkeley since 2006 and provides advocacy support and African American community suicide prevention in Sacramento County. For more information about those programs visit and

Gwen joined the Alameda Stakeholder group with lived experience as a differently-abled African American woman, consumer, single mother, Lesbian and family member. Her goal as a member of the Stakeholder Group is contributing to the wellness, recovery and resilience of all Alameda County community members by bringing the voice of the groups she identifies with to the discussion and decision making table.

Although her areas of specialization in clinical practice include culturally responsive and appropriate services, the impact of social determinants of health and historical trauma/trauma informed care for those who identify with the African American experience, Gwen’s passions are contributing to community health advocacy, training in culturally focused peer support groups called Kitchen Table Talks, and ultimately building culturally specific and also multi-cultural and inclusive collaborations with concerned citizens to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in unserved, underserved and inappropriately served communities and greater health equity and social justice for all.

Gwen also currently serves on the state MHSOAC Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee, has served on various mental health committee workgroups and currently directs an African American Community Mental Health advocacy project, administrative office and suicide prevention project for Sacramento County called “Supporting Community Connections: African American Community.” She enjoys arts and crafts, cooking, making documentary films and spending time with friends and family.


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