Darya Nicol is an advocacy associate for Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. Her work supports communications, advocacy, and coalition-based efforts for state and federal early childhood legislation aiming to create a more just early childhood landscape. Prior to joining American Progress, Nicol worked at School Readiness Consulting (SRC), where she managed SRC’s social media and website presence and provided logistical as well as racial equity facilitation support to affirm the right of all children to thrive. Before SRC, she worked at Young People For, where she developed curricula and supported the editing process of fellows’ written plans for social change. Nicol also organized with Black Youth Project 100 D.C. as a communications co-chair and currently uses her art and writing to provoke a deeper understanding of self and others.

Nicol received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Rochester. She is Krio American and grew up in Aurora, Colorado.