Nicole Marie Ortiz joined Denver Zoo in July of 2022 as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Manager. Nicole’s academic background includes both an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Equity and an M.A. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. Nicole has vast experience supporting non-profits on equity initiatives within their organizations and alongside community. Nicole also currently teaches at Metro State University as an adjunct faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Department and owns her own coaching and facilitating business where she supports emerging leaders with individual strengths-based coaching.

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