Zakiya Keys Nguyen joined the SAA family after serving the Houston Independent School District for over 8 years. During her time at HISD, Zakiya worked as a Program Manager with EMERGE, focusing her support on high-achieving, first generation students from underrepresented backgrounds. Prior to her time with EMERGE, Zakiya has also worked in college readiness programs with Texas A&M University and Texas Southern University.
Zakiya was born in Nebraska but in 2005 she found her home in Houston. She attended Texas A&M University as a Psychology major and served as the President of a multicultural sorority, bolstering her love for diversity and cultural awareness. She is excited to continue her work supporting young women, and she finds joy in empowering students to recognize their potential and helping them reflect on how they can explore their identity and values in college.
When she isn’t serving her students, Zakiya is spending time with her husband, Bao, their daughter, Zoe, and their three pets. She also enjoys journaling and writing fiction stories.