Connie Burk co-founded the first regional LGBT survivor services in Kansas over 20 years ago. Since 1997, she has directed The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse in Seattle, WA. There she established the National LGBT Training & Technical Assistance Initiative and founded the National Q&A Institute. She is the co-author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, an executive producer of the award winning documentary film, A Lot Like You, and a contributing author to the anthology, The Revolution Starts at Home. Her campaign, “Friends Help Friends Survive”, won a 2014 Avon Global Communications award, the first U.S. campaign to receive this honor.
Connie trains internationally on community engagement, domestic abuse and prevention strategies, and taking the “crisis” out of crisis response organizations. Her work in the LGBT community developed her expertise in assessment, survivors’ use of violence, working with survivors’ friends and families, working with men, community engagement strategies and related issues. She has focused particular attention on strengthening alliances among marginalized communities while centering liberation values in her work.