Nia Eshu Martin-Robinson is a fierce, femme, queer, Black woman, born and raised in Detroit, Mich. Nia is a facilitator, trainer and convener who operates with a Black Feminist lens and a deep desire to be in service to all Black women and girls. Her professional path as an activist and advocate began at Detroiters’ Working for Environmental Justice and she 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 women, people of color, Indigenous peoples and low-income communities to the climate change debate on a state, federal and international level. While in leadership, she 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.”
Possessing the belief that reproductive and sexual autonomy for women and queer folx of color, Indigenous women and low-income women is a human right and inextricably linked to being able to exist in a safe and healthy environment, Nia’s work has often focused on creating dialogue at the intersections of Climate, Reproductive and Environmental Justice; exploring the disproportionate impacts of environmental issues on women and girls of color; and looking at the reemergence of population control rhetoric in the climate change debate and the dangerous implications this has on marginalized communities.
Nia’s work centering women of color led her to serve 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.
Today, Nia’s professional focus is centered around reproductive health, rights and justice. Currently, Nia is lending her talents and expertise to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund as their Director of Back Leadership and Engagement, working to build a collective strategy and vision for Black work at the organization. She also has the honor of serving on the board of SPARK, a Reproductive Justice organization based in Atlanta that works to ensure the liberation of all people with an analysis specifically anchored in the lasting legacy of the enslavement and exploitation of Black people in the South.