About Aang Lakey

Founder Increasing Consciousness

Prior to starting with the Department of State, Aang served as a SHARP Program for Europe and Africa, a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, a National Capital Region SARC for the USCG and the US Navy, and a Joint Program Manager for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and Domestic Abuse programs with the Vermont National Guard.

Aang regularly presents on the need for trans-disciplinary approaches, understanding the intersectionality of oppressions in the violence prevention field, and the critical role of Leadership in creating and maintaining equity in the workplace. They have presented with American Institutes of Research as a SPARX instructor, the 2021 and 2023 USAREUR-AF SHARP Symposiums, the 2022 Korea SHARP Symposium, the 2019 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium and 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference.

They have been awarded honors for Civilian Meritorious Service, Federal Employee of the Year (2x), state based advocacy from the Center for Crime Victim Services, and a graduate level Courage Award from the University of Vermont for their work in the violence prevention field. Aang started their career in the violence prevention field while attending Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, as a volunteer victim advocate with the Sexual Assault Crisis Team in Washington County. During Aang’s time at Norwich University, they provided advocacy services and prevention education to students and staff around the effects of alcohol, bystander intervention theory, social norms marketing and sexual violence prevention and response education. Upon commissioning into the Army National Guard, Aang continued to provide services as a volunteer advocate, both with the Army and local crisis centers, before becoming a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. While attending graduate school, they focused their Master of Social Work curriculum around violence prevention, social justice advocacy, social constructionist theory, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) studies, and military specific violence prevention concerns.

They focused their MSHROD graduate studies on executive leadership and maximizing human capital. In addition to being an AmeriCorps volunteer with extensive volunteer service, both nationally and internationally, Aang has also worked with the Pride Center of Vermont providing anti-violence advocacy services to the LGBT community and to individuals who were incarcerated.

They continue to incorporate diversity and inclusion initiatives into their leadership coaching to increase organization effectiveness and protect the civil rights of all. Aang holds a Bachelors of Art in Criminal Justice from Norwich University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Vermont, and a Masters in Human Relations and Organization Development with a focus in Executive Leadership.

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