Beth Olson, MSW


Beth worked for eight years developing programs that serve youth and families in transition from treatment or incarceration back into the community. She has been an advocate and counselor for sexual and domestic violence victims for over 25 years, serving as the Associate Director of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault and the Director of The Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth Family Visitation Center. She co-authored Naming the Tactics, a manual conceptualizing a new paradigm for understanding and responding to post separation violence and the way children are used by men who batter. Beth has a wealth of experience developing meaningful programs that last in the community and has effectively lead a wide variety of system’s change efforts including working with a team of 7 law enforcement agencies to create the first anonymous reporting policy of its kind for sexual assault victims in the nation. A dedicated and passionate community activist, Beth has led many human rights efforts to increase equality and safety for all members of the community. Beth taught two courses she designed at the College of St. Scholastica for 9 years: “Dynamics of Sexual Violence” and “Sexual Violence Advocacy and Community Intervention”. As the Executive Director at First Witness Child Advocacy Center from 2011-2017, Beth prioritized the creation of an advocacy program built on the principles of social change advocacy and implemented a comprehensive prevention and community education program. She created a training curriculum for advocates in CAC’s in 2013 and trains on advocacy nationwide. Beth holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and was elected to serve as a County Commissioner for St. Louis County in 2016.