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Eva Colen

Senior Policy Advisor for Youth Initiatives

Office of Richmond, VA Mayor


Eva Colen is former school teacher and education equity advocate. She has called Richmond home since 2010. Her first job out of college was as a high school English teacher in Philadelphia through Teach For America, an experience which cemented her conviction that all children, no matter their background, possess extraordinary potential. After the classroom, Eva spent time recruiting teachers to high-poverty public school districts, advocating for education policy in the General Assembly and engaging her community in conversations about educational equity. Most recently, Eva founded and led Virginia Excels, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing policies and programs that are good for kids, families and their communities. With her new role in the Mayor’s Office, she is looking forward to leveraging her experience in education to align City services with Richmond Public Schools and external partners around shared goals for Richmond’s youth.

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