Ida Samuel-Clay, LCPC


BA, Psychology (African American Studies Minor), Northwestern University ’09
MA, Clinical Psychology (Latino Mental Health Concentration), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology ‘13

Career summary:

Ida serves in the nonprofit sector as a psychotherapist and clinical manager throughout Chicago communities since 2013.  In 2015, Ida launched Ida’s Sweet Tooth, an e-bakery inspired by her mother’s recipes and passion for creating comfort food.  And in 2020, Ida co-founded 25th Investments, a community-focused think tank with the goal of developing community prosperity and generational wealth.  Ida most recently stepped in her role of Director of Clinical Services at a leading community mental health organization in 2022.


Community/volunteer commitments:

As a former WEAA Scholar, Ida desires to give back to WEAA and has been a part of the organization since 2015, where she serves as a Board Member, Treasurer (2021-) and Mentor to a diverse and resilient group of students throughout their academic tenure.  In 2021, Ida was a Chicago Urban League IMPACT Fellow, and was a part of Compass Chicago’s DEI Initiative Taskforce.  Most recently, Ida received the prestigious 2021 Mental Health Impact Award from America’s Big Sisters Organization, and the 2022 Fetzer Excellence Award from Metropolitan Family Services.


Ida lives with her husband Kenneth “Twin” Clay, and fur babies Rocky and Apollo. She enjoys reading, creating floral arrangements, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.