Dr. Asari Offiong is the Needs Assessment Lead for Activate and contributes to research translation and resource development. As an adolescent health researcher and public health practitioner, she has a decade of experience in leading youth development programs and conducting mixed methods, community-based research in various metropolitan areas across the United States with non-profits, school districts, libraries, and government agencies. Furthermore, she has experience designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating culturally relevant programs related to substance use prevention and reproductive health for youth in inner-city settings. Her research projects have focused on reengaging opportunity youth, preventing early substance use and promoting positive sexual and reproductive health among the most vulnerable, including expecting and parenting adolescents. Also, she has a wealth of experience providing technical assistance to state and community-level youth-serving professionals around sexual health and youth development.