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About Norma Raye Ward

I have in-depth experience in, and knowledge of, women's health issues including reproductive health, family planning, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Progressive Transition(s) Inc., a domestic violence program located in Oakland, California.

I had the honor of being the recipient of the 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service, and I am a Commissioner on the Alameda County Public Health Commission, District 5. I am a member of both the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Oakland Bay Area Chapter, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Berkeley Bay Area Chapter.

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I have a passion for working with women and families to enable them to obtain an environment that promotes health, wholeness, and healing. I enjoy teaching the concept of wellness to my clients while being a catalyst for their growth and change.


  • Master of Arts Degree Counseling and Psychology

  • Bachelor of Science, Behavioral Science



  • Domestic Violence

  • Sexual Assault

  • Registered Addiction Specialist

  • A Framework for Recovery

In the Media

  • April 4, 2015: Abolition Radio

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