Kolia oversees the development of a community of practice and technical assistance for local food sourcing and food systems equity under the GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Hub. She also leads collaborative efforts between the Michigan Local Food Council Network and statewide food and health networks to build organizational capacity for executing individual and collective priorities. This includes setting and advancing policy priorities in the development of a post-2020 Michigan Good Food Charter and playing an active role in a statewide food policy voice.
Prior to joining CRFS, Kolia served as an assistant researcher/project coordinator for Kansas State University Center for Engagement and Community Development. Her research contributed to the Rural Grocery Initiative and development of the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative. Kolia also served as a statewide food systems consultant where she conducted regional food system research and led statewide food policy council capacity building efforts. She holds MS degrees in Architecture and Community Development and is completing her Master of Public Health.
Webinar - Networks and systems that support success for educators, students, and researchers at Native American, Historically Black, and Hispanic-Serving Higher Education Institutions
Published on November 19, 2021
Webinar - Building Trust and Fostering Sustainable Collaboration Across Higher Education Institutions: Examples from Michigan and Texas
Published on July 21, 2021
Published on July 19, 2021
An Introduction to Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Nutrition Incentive Program Research and Evaluation
Published on February 9, 2021
Published on December 21, 2020