Alliyah is a midwestern girl who, at age 4, was trained in classical piano by her neighborhood piano teacher. As she grew up, Alliyah's passion for music led her to study guitar and then later in life, she became a Taiko performer and recording artist with Taiko Sol in Santa Fe. The album "Taiko Drum Journeys" was released by Sounds True in 2015.
When she was 18, Alliyah fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and began her academic career studying environmental science at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During her time in Boulder, she worked as an environmental educator and implemented energy and water conservation programs in classrooms, dorms and sororities. After graduating from CU with honors, she went on to pursue her Juris Doctorate and Environmental Law Certificate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
Alliyah's working career has been quite diverse, but her positions have always revolved around service to people and planet. After graduating from law school, Alliyah worked as Sustainability Director for Portland Community College, where she developed sustainability programs for physical plant and academics at five campuses in Portland. Then, during the recession, she decided to travel the country and (like so many others) she fell in love with New Mexico.
In Santa Fe, Alliyah began working in the fields of business development and grant writing to support educational Spanish language radio programs produced and distributed nationally by Hispanic Communications Network. She then moved on to develop a successful Donor Relations program for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe.
Alliyah believes that "growing up musical" had a incredibly positive influence on her own childhood and she is thrilled to be utilizing her fundraising skills to bring top-notch music education to children in Santa Fe. In her free time, Alliyah enjoys spending time with her husband, socializing with friends, gardening, and cuddling with her two small dogs, Hazel and Lucy.
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