Antoinette Marie Carter (she/her/queen) is a laborer at the intersection of mental health, gender, culture, and justice, which is what she brings to bear as the newly appointed Director of Youth, Family & Adult Programs at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.
Antoinette has served as a Facility Manager at Paradise Oaks Youth Services (POYS), a private nonprofit agency that provides therapeutic residential care in Sacramento County for displaced teens living with severe emotional trauma. She also serves as the Managing Editor of MotherWit magazine, a local family-centered publication with an intersectional, multicultural, and faith-based lens on the Sacramento community.
Antoinette holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, a master’s degree in business administration from National University, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in African & Afro-American Studies from Stanford University. Antoinette is pursuing her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction focusing on qualitative research. Her goal is to expand the field of study surrounding the psychopathology of colonization and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization building on the works of Franz Fanon, Derrick Bell, and Paulo Freire. In what spare time she has left, Antoinette leads three Girl Scouts troops, sits on the board of directors for the Sacramento Stanford Alumni Association, and is co-president of the Sac Town Classic Movie Club (Sac TCM Club).
Ultimately, Antoinette is a proud Black Indigenous woman of faith who has raised six children, two of whom are a product of her marriage and four of whom are the products of the foster care system. As their mother, as an abolitionist, and as a lifelong activist, Antoinette continues to pray for them daily and has a vested interest in working to dismantle the industrial prison complex that continues to undermine them and us as members of the LGBTQ+, Native, Latinx, and African American communities. This is all a work in progress, and Antoinette is extraordinarily eager to see how it all unfolds.
TRUE BELIEVER. PARENT. ABOLITIONIST. ACTIVIST. CINEPHILE. CULTURAL BROKER. CURATOR. ACTIVIST. EDUCATOR. EPICURE. LABORER. RACONTEUR. SCHOLAR. WRITER. NEURODIVERGENT. ALL OF THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS.