Position in NOMA: NOMA AZ Treasurer
Education: August 2001 B.A., Communication, minor, Mass Communication. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Summer 2001 Studied intercultural communication and British culture during six-week study abroad tour of the United Kingdom.
May 1999 A.A., General Studies. Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ.
Origin: Born in Boston, MA and descendent of multiple generations of New Englanders. Cape Verdean by paternal lineage. Raised in Phoenix, AZ. First in family to graduate from college.
Personal Focus: Nakia Neves is a marketing and business development specialist with 15 years of experience working in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. After being introduced to the work performed by the American Institute of Architects’ Equity in Architecture Commission, Nakia’s professional passion has been to integrate the principals of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), into the broader AEC industry. Just as her role in architecture unites her passion for design with her talent in marketing, her focus to promote equitable practice within the AEC community marries her passion for social equity and community service with the industry she deeply reveres. In 2020, she joined the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) as an allied member where her intent is to continue working to bridge the design community with the greater communities it serves. At her core, Nakia is a passionate advocate and a joyful collaborator, working to improve all layers of community for all.