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Things I can help you with:

I support CMF members' peer-to-peer network building, ensuring you are connected to the resources, supports and convening opportunities CMF offers to meet your unique needs. I work with the CMF Membership Committee to to inform our programming and resource offerings, foster our peer-to-peer connections and relationship building and deepen opportunities for CMF members' leadership and engagement to strengthen our vibrant network. I also serve as the primary contact for any information or support you may need regarding your membership, from accessing your full range of benefits to annual renewals and more. 

Read our special Q&A with Kia!


Nikia (Kia) Washington has more than 15 years of social sector experience. Her areas of expertise include organizational management, qualitative research, servant leadership, strategic communications, next gen and Black philanthropy, and asset-building in marginalized communities.

Prior to CMF, Nikia worked as a consultant for EarlyWorks LLC, a woman-owned strategic communications firm, where she supported prominent nonprofits, intermediaries, and foundations across Detroit and southeast Michigan. She holds a bachelor's from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington where she conducted independent research on Black philanthropy. She has presented this research in Ghana, Canada, and across the United States.

In 2023, Nikia served as co-chair for The Soul of Philanthropy: Michigan steering committee, which launched the inaugural “Detroit Gives Black” exhibit and led efforts to earn the City of Detroit’s official recognition of the month of August as Black Philanthropy Month.

Get to know Nikia

Describe what you do in your role.  

My role is new for CMF, so we’ll be learning together as I get to know the needs of our member community and aspirations for our collective future. One thing I’m confident will be a continuous throughline as the role evolves is connecting with and listening to members. 

What do you enjoy the most about your work?  

I enjoy the unique opportunity to hear the passions, ideas, and desires of the community I serve first-hand - and translate those ideas into action. 

What are the causes you’re most passionate about?

The future and expansion of philanthropy, including the opportunity to include more voices and more lived experiences of those not historically represented, and those that will lead this work in the future.  

What inspires, challenges or motivates you?   

Change and improvement. There’s always an opportunity to innovate. I find through learning and connecting with new people and ideas - this is the best way to find new opportunities to grow.

What do you love about Michigan? 

I’ve lived in a few different climates, and Michigan’s still remains my favorite with its changing seasons. The humid summers, white winters, and colorful falls always bring a freshness to the everyday routines at just the right time.

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