SACRAMENTO – A couple of months ago, Dr. Nicole Clavo helped organize a Solidarity Walk in Oak Park that featured the clergy, community activists, business leaders, and officers from the Sacramento Police Department.

The Solidarity Walk, in response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Minn., started from the Oak Park Community Center to Shiloh Baptist Church. Dr. Clavo was also one of the speakers.

As of last week, Dr. Clavo will have another platform to speak from about violence of all forms in the Black community when she takes on the position of over the City’s gang prevention and intervention department, starting Aug. 24.

The job is only fitting because Dr. Clavo’s son was shot and killed in November 2015 in Del Paso Heights, a victim of a Black-on-Black and gang violence. Now she will be the Sacramento manager of the Office of Violence Prevention in Sacramento, the city announced on July 24.

“The City’s Office of Violence Prevention plays a critical role in keeping our kids and communities safe, stable, and secure,” Dr. Clavo said. “I am incredibly excited to begin my work in this position and to serve the people of Sacramento.”

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) was created to respond to increased gang activity in the City of Sacramento.

The Office of Violence Prevention coordinates a comprehensive effort to address youth and gang violence. OVP uses the latest research and best practices with an intentional focus on prevention and intervention services to gang-impacted populations.

Dr. Nicole Clavo is a military veteran, a mother of two children Japhera Clavo (24), Jaulon Clavo (17), and the youngest of her parents’ two children.
She is a California native raised in San Diego. She graduated from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University with a Doctorate of Psychology in Organizational Development.
Dr. Clavo is employed as a Labor Relations Representative-Negotiator for The California Correctional Peace Officers Association. She serves on the Executive Board of Sober Youth, Inc. a national organization who works with youth to pledge sobriety.

After the murder of her son on Nov. 13, 2015, she founded the JJ Clavo Scholarship Fund which provided six scholarships to students from three local high schools for the fall-spring 2016-2017 school year.

On April 24, 2020, Dr. Nicole Clavo will be awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Sacramento District Attorney’s office. In June of 2019, Dr. Nicole Clavo had the honor and privilege of being the closing Plenary Speaker for the National Crime Victims Law Institute (NCLVI) national conference in Portland Oregon. She has been awarded Parent of the Year by Sacramento Dads, Community Leader award from Grant Union High School, City of Sacramento Inaugural Champion of Peace Award, the Sherwood Carthen Service Above Self Award, and the Exceptional Woman of Color award in 2016.

Clavo is the founder of the nonprofit Healing5 Foundation. Healing5 supports victims and survivors of unexpected tragedy and loss, and its goal is to “prevent and mitigate the impact of violence while promoting resiliency.”

“Nicole has earned a reputation as a trust builder, collaborator and effective communicator with strong follow-through,” said City Manager Howard Chan. “I believe she is the ideal candidate for this position, and we are eager to benefit from her experience and expertise.”