As the skills and employability lead at Microsoft Philanthropies, Naria works to manage the company’s philanthropic investments and grant programs in digital skills, computer science education, and career pathways investments to drive digital inclusion and employment outcomes for traditionally underrepresented and under-resourced communities.
Prior to joining Microsoft Philanthropies, Naria served as Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a unique public-private partnership helping to build the next generation of scientists, engineers, technology specialists, mathematicians, and health care professionals in Washington state’s high-demand employment fields through scholarships and supports for low- and middle-income college students in Washington state.
Since its inception in 2011, WSOS has provided scholarships and thousands of hours of skills development and support services to over 8,600 students – the majority of whom are women, students of color and/or first in their families to go to college. Under Naria’s leadership, WSOS raised $200M in public-private support for scholarships and supports and to support 20,000+ students by 2025.
Naria has also served as the Executive Director of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, a juvenile and education law and social work organization in Illinois and the Director of LAW Fund and the Endowment for Equal Justice at the Legal Foundation of Washington.
Naria is a graduate of the Law School and the College at the University of Chicago. She currently serves on the Boards of Columbia Legal Services and Goodwill Seattle. Naria is also a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee for the University of Washington’s College of Engineering and the State of Washington’s Governor’s STEM Alliance. Naria has been previously honored as a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington’s Women’s Center and was a “40 Under 40” nominee by the Puget Sound Business Journal.