Nancy Azevedo Bonilla was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey where her parents emigrated from Portugal. Nancy attended Newark Public Schools as a child and succeeded in all domains. She went on to earn a BA in Human Ecology concentrating in Family Services from Montclair State University. She acquired an MSW with a concentration in Clinical Practice with an emphasis in children and adolescents from Rutgers University where she is now an off- site field instructor. Nancy has remained true to her area of interest, expertise and above all, her roots. Being a tri-lingual therapist, Nancy has dedicated her career to working with children and adolescents in diverse communities. Remaining true to her roots, Nancy is currently a School Social Worker and Anti-Bullying Specialist at the same elementary school she attended as a child within Newark Public Schools. She continues to counsel children and families and supervise new therapists in the field of counseling. Nancy is the former Co-Chair for the Nat’l Association of Social Workers-NJ Chapter where she co-led service projects, events, and with her unit, worked to create change on a macro level. She is the co-author of Jangala Tribal Warrior, the first of this children’s series and co-author of the corresponding facilitator’s guide.

Despite all her roles and accolades, when asked of her biggest accomplishments in life, Nancy will speak of her husband Sebastian and their three children, Alexander, Maximus, and Chloe. Her goal remains to deposit back into the heart of the community that deposited so much into her own and to contribute to a better world for her children and yours.