In her current capacity, Dr. Nina Moreno promotes equity for low-income communities by conducting research and developing strategies that sustain and scale Safe Passages’ Early Childhood, School Linked Services, Economic and Social Justice, and Career Pathways and Community Development initiatives.
In 1998, Dr. Moreno’s career began as the Director of the Family Group Decision Making Project and then later as the Executive Director of the Bushwick Community Development Unit, both projects of Agenda for Children Tomorrow in New York, NY, where she advanced equity for systems-involved families by reforming municipal service systems, policies, and procedures, thus increasing cross-systems collaboration. Between 2004 and 2010, Nina worked on state and national policy research and reform in the areas of health and education as the Regional Director of the Safe Haven Initiative at the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University and then as the Interim Executive Director at the Children’s Defense Fund- California.
Dr. Moreno is also the Founder and Principal of Moreno & Associates, a research and strategy group that advances equity by using evaluation to change cultures, institutions and policies. Some of Nina’s past and present clients include the University of California at Berkeley’s Latinx Center on Excellency in Behavioral Health, Seed Collaborative, the California Mental Health Services Authority, and the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas.
Nina, who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, was born and raised between Brooklyn and The Bronx, New York City and is the daughter of a single-parent educator. She holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Cornell University. When Nina is not conducting research and developing strategy, Nina may be found exploring the world with her partner.