Unconditional love for her community has been the driving force behind Nola Brantley’s work. Nola Brantley has been advocating for child sex trafficking victims and survivors since 2005 and has become one of the nation's leading advocates. In 2007 Nola co-founded MISSSEY, an organization in Oakland dedicated to serving youth sex trafficking victims and survivors. Under Nola's leadership MISSSEY served over 1,000 victims and survivors in Alameda County and trained over 15,000 professionals across the State. Nola transitioned from her role as MISSSEY’s founding Executive Director in May of 2014 after seven incredible years of organization growth and impact. Currently Nola is working as a child sex trafficking subject matter expert and a sought after master-trainer through her emerging consultancy company NolaBrantley SPEAKS! where she has trained 60,000 professionals to date. Prior to her directorship at MISSSEY from 2001 to 2007 Nola directed the Parenting and Youth Enrichment Departmentwhere she developed the first community case management model for commercially sexually exploited youth in Alameda County. Simultaneously she served as a volunteer on-call Advocate for the Oakland Police Department’s Special Victims Unit from 2005-2007. Nola’s hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Not only was Nola a pioneer in Alameda County for service development she has also help set the foundation for much of the legislative and policy efforts around the State.
Additionally Nola spends countless hours providing trainings and presentations throughout California and the Nation. She has taught innovative aftercare methods for abuse survivors to individuals from around the world. Nola has been awarded the Bay Area Regional Jefferson Award by CBS 5, the Walk against Domestic Violence Community Service Award by A Safe Place-Oakland, the Ruby Award and the Best of Women and Girls Award by Soroptimist International, the Angel Award for Community Service by the Take Wings Foundation and several certificates of recognition from California Assembly members and Members of Congress.