Hillary Nikyema is the Executive Coordinator at the Center. She is the principal contact for multiple constituencies on behalf of the Center Director, Dr. Jack Shonkoff. Hillary also supports the Director of EDIB Strategy and the expanded leadership team. Prior to joining The Center in August 2022, Hillary worked at an Elementary/Middle school in Salt Lake City, Utah, before moving to Boston to complete a fellowship at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB), where she worked in the Education Department designing curriculum for students and teachers in the Greater Boston Area. She continued working in education through nonprofits such as Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), where she worked in a youth diversion program as a case manager, and later at the ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) as a Campaign and Department Coordinator. Hillary also spent one year working for a Massachusetts Committee as a paralegal in Education Law, representing children with mental health conditions and learning disabilities. In 2020 she returned to the classroom as a teacher in a private Reggio-Emilia preschool. In addition to teaching preschool-aged children, Hillary worked at the Boston Ballet as an Administrator for the Boston Ballet School. Hillary is an advocate for the performing arts in early childhood and continues to teach preschool-aged dance at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Hillary created her major at the University of Utah, a B.S. in International Rights of the Child; encompassing criminal justice, childhood education, and healthcare fields.