Helping organizations become agents of change by transforming compelling ideas into sustainable and impactful outcomes.
Ameena M. Zia, PhD
Ameena serves as an NGO UN Representative at the Economic and Social Affairs Committee (ECOSOC) and is the Founder of Blue Ridge Consulting, a firm specializing in social impact in the development field for non-profit organizations and corporations. Her expertise centers on engagement through a multi-stakeholder approach in the core development community and beyond, and she has participated in high-level political forums and commissions.
With over 15 years of strategy consulting experience, Ameena has worked on securing minority representation and voice; spearheading strategic partnerships for change with stakeholders; conceptualizing and implementing nation-wide diaspora service projects; and collaborating with local, state, and national governments on outreach, engagement, and integration.
Our team provides consulting, ideas and resources for leaders working towards lasting social change. Through a unique combination of customized consulting services, powerful ideas, and engagement with communities, we help our clients become drivers of social impact.
We recognize the need to redefine economic rules that have guided us since WWII towards a unique perspective of development, one found at the holistic intersection of engagement, inclusion and impactful social change requiring innovative and creative solutions. Our multidisciplinary and geographically diverse team of specialized experts co-create fresh solutions, help evolve existing solutions from concept to scale, and work with purpose driven organizations that are dedicated to tangible impact.
Our consulting philosophy centers on developing positive change agents around principles of collective impact, shared values, and a systems thinking approach to solutions. By utilizing holistic solutions models, we focus on securing partnerships and collaborations with key networks while strategically ensuring stakeholder participation. We aim to build awareness and foster dialogue around the fast growing multidisciplinary and collaborative solutions economy dedicated to solving complex social challenges.
We focus on helping realize inclusive economies and social systems through a four-prong network coalition approach:
Research & Strategy
Policy & Legislative Outreach
Media Relations & ICT Services
Our core strength is our people-centric approach that includes inter-dependencies and momentum shifts within a system, working across sectors for impactful outcomes, establishing strong partnerships to cultivate compelling ideas, and supporting passionate leaders with new insights. We work across philanthropy, social enterprises, government and business to transform our world.
TEACHING AND SPEAKING
Our Founder, Ameena Zia, Ph.D. is available for teaching courses, lectures, commentary, and speaking engagements.
Ameena has spoken at academic institutions such as Columbia University, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Pennsylvania, City University of New York, Philadelphia University, and East Carolina University. She has been interviewed as an expert for Voice of America Radio, Voice of America TV, ARY News, PIX 11 New York, NY Daily News, and Deutsche Welle News.
Ameena has served as an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York and Philadelphia University. She has focused and taught courses on sociology, sustainable development, feminist theory, social change, social stratification, and criminal justice.
Ameena received her Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus on Political Economy and Comparative Politics and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Political Science from East Carolina University. She is a three-time recipient of the NYC Mayoral Service award from Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for her strategy consulting work.