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Title: Principal Court Management Consultant
Division: Court Consulting Services
Started at NCSC: January 2011
During her eight years at NCSC, Alicia has worked in 10 countries and many more states. Like most of her colleagues in Court Consulting Services, she is based in Denver, and when she’s in town, she loves to go tango dancing – a passion of hers. Read more to find out why Alicia became a lawyer and not a journalist, what she likes most and least about living in Denver, and which VIP she once sat next to on an airplane.
Where did you grow up? San Diego. I lived there until I graduated from high school and went away to UCSB (University of California at Santa Barbara).
What did your mom and dad do? They were school administrators. My mom started as an English literature teacher, and she became an assistant superintendent. My stepdad was a football coach and a history teacher, and he became a superintendent.
What did you want to do when you were growing up? I really wanted to be a journalist. I talked about it constantly, and then I realized it’s a very hard business. (Laughs.)
Why journalism? I had romantic notions of what it would be like, and I always liked to write. I used to write little plays when I was a kid and asked my neighbor friends to perform them with me.
What do you like most about your job? I actually like the mission statement of NCSC – improving the administration of justice through leadership and service to state courts and courts around the world. I like the variety of our work, that we get to work in every aspect of court operations, with court architects, technologists and researchers.
What do you like most and least about living in Denver? I like that it’s a central hub, and you can travel anywhere from Denver. Least? How fast it’s growing. Every since they legalized marijuana (in 2014), it has grown a lot. It’s brought in some people who just want to consume.
What’s something about you that surprises people when they hear about it for the first time? I’m a tango dancer. I love all forms of dance.
You started here in 2011? Yes, before I started I spent three weeks in Argentina for a tango pilgrimage.
Who do you admire most, and why? My stepdad. He came into my life when I was 10, and I couldn’t have asked for a better step-parent. He encouraged me and inspired my best choices and best experiences in life. He encouraged me to learn Spanish, to study abroad in Spain and to go to law school. He encouraged me to step out and have a broader experience.
In all your travels, have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who was it, and what were the circumstances? I sat next to Colorado senator and presidential hopeful Michael Bennet on a flight to D.C. We talked about family and juvenile law and his wife’s work as a teacher and lawyer.