Una Ng-Brasch has come a long way in her life — both geographically and professionally.
She was born and raised in New York City, where her father worked as a scientist at Columbia University. Her family then moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where Ng-Brasch’s mother became one of Canada’s foremost theology educators working for Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.
“Education and a desire to make meaningful contributions were touchstones” for her and her family during her younger years. Those values drove her to attend the University of Toronto, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in English and Chinese studies and a master’s in library science.
She then moved to Colorado and joined the Colorado College staff as an administrative assistant for the education department in 2010 after working for the 2010 Census.
As an administrative assistant Ng-Brasch said she goes out of her way (and makes it her mission) to treat people right, and that she enjoys connecting herself to the Colorado Springs community.
“Growing up I was often the quietest person in the room, and I always appreciated whenever someone took the time to reach out to me,” she said. “Now, I try to reach out individually to people so they can feel they belong and are valued.”
In 2013, Ng-Brasch and her husband Ron Brasch were recognized as prominent business leaders in the arts community by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance for their work with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Galleries of Contemporary Art and the Pikes Peak Library District Foundation. She was also named one of the Business Journal’s Rising Stars in 2008.
Ng-Brasch has also served on the boards of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, Artemis Women, the Citizens Project, Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, Big Brothers Big Sisters Pikes Peak and the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region.
“Una has always been concerned about literacy in our community, and her library background certainly speaks to that,” said Dee Fowler, development officer for the Pikes Peak Library District. “But more importantly, her after-hours times and her volunteering has really supported that concern. Her work with the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation has turned into solid support and has advanced literacy in the county.”
In her spare time, Ng-Brasch said she loves the outdoors, but only to a certain degree.
“A few years ago, I challenged myself to run a marathon, which I did in Portland,” she said. “Let me say, those last few miles were not as rewarding as I imagined. Every time since then, when I need to travel 26.2 miles, I drive!”
— Cameron Moix