Lucia Daugherty has sustained a longstanding career as a DEI Educator and consultant, award winning community organizer, nonprofit leader/worker, freelance facilitator, resiliency trainer, and coach. Lucia has served youth and families in the Asheville-Buncombe community for 25 years, in both a professional and volunteer capacity. Trauma informed practices and community outreach are two aspects of her skillset that she proudly brings into her current role with Sunshine Project. For the majority of her career, Lucia has had the honor of providing training to teachers and working alongside teachers, including those in the field of early childhood education. She also has a background in the performing arts, creative writing, urban agriculture, and community radio, which has taught her that creative expression is a necessary means to ensure growth, healing, and connection- within oneself and in community.