Nazia joined the Foundation in August 2021 after serving as a policy analyst in early childhood education and two-generation policies for the Bell Policy Center. She was promoted to director of community impact in December 2022. She brings the Foundation a wide range of experience in local, state, and federal government as well as work in private and nonprofit sectors.
She began her career in early care and learning by supporting young children develop a social and academic foundation for success in K-12 education. Following her passion to serve both children and their families in marginalized communities she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Applying her education to various capacities, she has actively worked in the community in early childhood education, workforce development programs, nonprofit grant management, policy and advocacy, and criminal defense investigation.
This diversity in her professional career compliments her expertise in policy development and analyses. Building from this experience, she regularly identifies needs in community programs, state budgets, and policies to elevate on the ground challenges to inform community leaders and policymakers. When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, and exploring local restaurants and shops to support small business establishments.
- Appointed Member, Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) Rules Advisory Council (RAC)
- Mayoral appointed Denver Women’s Commissioner, Denver Women’s Commission
- Special Education Advisory Subgroup Committee, Member
- New Leaders Council, Alumni
- Springboard Child Care, former Founding Board Member