Born and raised in Seattle’s Historical Central District Projects, Nature Carter-Gooding beat the odds and overcame poverty. She is an innovative and compassionate leader and motivational speaker that is dedicated to mobilizing communities to end the negative vicious cycles she survived. She is a recognized innovative program developer and energetic leader that has devoted over 20 years to inspiring others to help themselves. Her strength is carrying an empowering message of overcoming addiction, homelessness, domestic violence and surviving the sex industry. Nature has an enriched educational and professional experience working in a wide range of diverse settings. In 2004 Nature founded a non-profit; Byond Meazurez, to provide consulting, raise awareness, and to publicly speak about the injustices, and the locked door syndrome that prevents access to services for African American women. Through her nonprofit she provides specialized training that strengthens skills for professional providers to utilize new approaches to engage in underserved and marginalized communities. Currently, Nature oversees CSE services at the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish County, where she is fully engaged with the mission to eliminate racism and empower women.