DIRECTOR, THE CONNECTICUT PROJECT
Nordia is a Director at The Connecticut Project where she works with stakeholders to create opportunities that lead to systems change for our Connecticut neighbors.
Prior to joining The Connecticut Project, Nordia was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, overseeing the Health CareeRx Academy at The WorkPlace, the Southwestern Connecticut Workforce Development Board. In her role, she oversaw the design, implementation, and evaluation of workforce development programs administered by state, federal, and private funding agencies to cultivate an educated and skilled 21st-century workforce – expanding opportunities for underrepresented or underserved communities.
Why do you do the work?
Born in Jamaica, and raised in Hartford since the age of seven, I have always shown interest in social issues based on the lived experiences of people in my community. With over 10 years of experience in program management, stakeholder engagement, and community development, I have taken a vested interest in addressing social justice, systemic change, and educational inequality, in order to create equitable opportunities for traditionally marginalized communities because everyone deserves to prosper.
What are some specific places or things you love in Connecticut?
I love the diversity of experiences I can have throughout Connecticut. Based on my needs, I can mentally decompress on the shoreline of East Haven, read and eat tacos at Long Wharf Pier, attend the Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival when I want to feel connected to my roots, and visit my dad and brother in Hartford when I need the comfort of home.