Nakisha M. Lewis

CEO in Washington, DC

Nakisha M. Lewis is a philanthropic strategist and social justice advocate who specializes in developing grantmaking and advocacy strategies that address racial and gender inequities. She has nearly two decades of experience as a frontline organizer and is one of the founding members of Black Lives Matter NYC. She has spent the last 10 years working with foundations and individual donors to foster grantmaking that seeks to support, empower and strengthen marginalized communities, including in her most recent post as Program Officer and Senior Strategist for Safety at the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Currently, Nakisha is an independent consultant, working with organizations to support their strategic programming and fund development. Her career and community engagement are driven by an unwavering passion for civil rights and justice. She is a respected thought leader and pioneer in the field who has worked to establish the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls as a founder of the #SheWoke Committee and is co-creator of the Philanthropic Action for Racial Justice.

Nakisha is a writer and public speaker who has appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, ESSENCE, The Huffington Post, CNN, Mic News, NBC News and several other nonprofit journals. She is a transformational leadership coach and is committed to developing opportunities for increased diversity and inclusion in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector by advancing the next generation of social change leadership. She serves on the board of Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy and is the former co-chair of Grantmakers for Girls of Color.

You can connect with Nakisha via social media or use the link above to inquire about working with her.

  • Work
    • Let's Breakthrough Inc.
  • Education
    • Drexel University