LEAD’s Chief Operating Officer
Nate brings 7 years of experience in tech start-ups and over 15 years of experience in youth-led prevention. Nate has worked in start-ups and small businesses serving diverse clients, was employee number three at a premiere video game market research firm and shortly after graduating from college, Nate landed a job as a software consultant in Chicago.
Nate was first exposed to youth-led prevention in 2002 in his home town of San Ramon, California and continues to volunteer there. In 2016 he changed careers to work with Youth to Youth, an internationally known youth-led prevention program based out of Columbus, OH. Overseeing Youth to Youth’s tobacco grant, Nate coordinated prevention efforts with local organizations, guided teens in their development of counter-marketing materials, assisted local law enforcement with compliance checks, and was a key member of the summer conference staff.
Now, Nate is back in the Chicago area as our chief of operations. Bringing his wide breadth of experience Nate is excited to work with LEAD and the coalitions we support to advance prevention in our community and beyond. He believes that education, support, and strong relationships are critical to reducing and preventing youth substance use.
In addition to his work with our coalitions, Nate is responsible for the day-to-day technical and clinical operations of TextForHelp and for keeping the rest of our systems running smoothly. He also speaks and trains widely on a number of prevention- and tech-related topics to both youth and adult audiences.
In his spare time Nate enjoys camping with his partner Rachael and their dog Boomer, enjoys rock climbing, and playing video games. Nate is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.
Nate Biggs was introduced to youth-led prevention in 2002 when his mom gently dragged him to a Youth to Youth conference. Youth-led had such a powerful impact on him that years later he left a career in software consulting to work in prevention full-time. Today, Nate is a dynamic and experienced speaker who weaves information, anecdote, and humor into all of his presentations. He believes that education, support, and strong relationships are critical to reducing and preventing youth substance use. Please welcome, Nate Biggs.
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