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.