Niki Confer, a Grand Forks, ND native, moved to Eugene as a refugee of the flood of 1997. An alumnus of University of North Dakota, Lane Community College and the UO College of Education's Family and Human Services program, she is passionate about education.
Confer's professional background is diverse and multifaceted. She is currently employed by Springfield Public Schools and White Bird Clinic. She formerly worked at a variety of venues, from a drug and alcohol treatment facility to the SANA Needle Exchange, to co-host of a local sex radio talk show and camp counselor with Camp Ten Trees, a summer camp for LGBTQ youth and kids of LGBTQ parents. A sex educator and harm reduction specialist, she has dedicated herself to working with and for marginalized populations with an emphasis in homeless/runaway/street youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, homeless adults and drug users. As an ally and an advocate, Confer continually works towards cultural equity and diversity awareness.
In those elusive free moments, Confer does her best to absorb the beauty that is Oregon. Growing up in landlocked North Dakota (and not even seeing the ocean until she was 19), the coast has a magical hold on her. She lives on 12 acres in the country with her partner and their cats and dogs and chickens.