We always love introducing members of The Olive Club to our Cocktails for a Cause community, and are thrilled to have you all meet Nadia, a native of Irvine, Calif., who is now proud to call Denver home. She went to college at the University of San Diego where she was an English major with a communications minor. She’s passionate about Denver’s growth, especially when it comes to our transportation needs and is excited about the advances this city is making. Her parents and brother remain in California where she visits frequently to visit the beach or watch tennis. In Colorado, she enjoys catching up with amazing friends she has met here, skiing, hiking, yoga, reading, and playing with her dogs.
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We asked Nadia more about herself and why she chose to become an Olive Club member and play a bigger part in Cocktails.
Tell us about your first experience at a Cocktails for a Cause event.
My first Cocktails for a Cause event was on Oct. 21, 2014, for Families First. It was a great evening; I had a blast and learned a lot about Cocktails as well as Families First.
What inspired you to become an Olive Club member?
I was inspired to become an Olive Club member after going to a few events and spending some time with René and Callie. Both women are inspiring to be around, and their work is manifested in the amazing Cocktail events! I am proud to be part of this great organization.
Three things you love most about being in The Olive Club:
- The direct impact to nonprofits who help disadvantaged and underprivileged children, people and animals.
- The interesting conversation I have with great women and the new friends!
- The fun drinks!
Tell us about your career with Denver Transit Partners.
Denver Transit Partners is the contractor who built the new Train to the Plane! We are also responsible for building the B Line to Westminster and the G Line to Wheat Ridge/Arvada. I am the communications manager on the project, which means I manage all public relations, media relations, community relations and other communications needs. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is my client. It has been a whirlwind! I am passionate about transportation and infrastructure and feel grateful for the opportunity. If anyone has any questions about the project or the train itself, please feel free to reach out at Nadia.Garas@dtpjv.com.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self about your life/career now?
I would tell her that working hard and staying true to yourself pays off. I would also tell her to be nicer to her mother!
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