Nikia Washington is a non-profit professional and student at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. I am passionate about philanthropy and organizational management, specifically concerning the topics of education, access, and asset-building in marginalized communities.

Originally from the Midwest (born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in metropolitan Detroit, MI), my continuously-developing philosophy on public service is largely based on my 4-year education in servant leadership from the President’s Leadership Academy at Bowling Green State University, where I received a BA in journalism. I have worked in the arts & culture and education sectors.

In 2013, a childhood friend and I founded Gingerbread Scholars, an education non-profit designed to place low-income Detroit elementary students in community and communication with current college students who share with them similar backgrounds and life experiences.