Makiyah helps organizations ask and answer critical questions about how to deliver on their missions more effectively. Makiyah is a skilled facilitator and governance specialist who helps clients navigate strategy and planning, partnerships, and board/leadership development. She is a Pahara Institute NextGen Fellow, an Executive Scholar with the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. She also regularly blogs on LinkedIn, often on the topic of board governance and diversity.
Makiyah excels in helping boards develop the tools, habits, and skills to fulfill their obligations so their organizations can increase their mission impact. She designed and delivered a board development curriculum for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and was a 2013 participant in the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change Racial Equity Leadership Development Seminar. Prior to graduate school, Makiyah was a Civil Rights Investigator with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, an experience that vividly confirmed the disparate impact of structural racism. She is most energized by the opportunity to work with organizations that support marginalized communities and people of color, and that advance democracy and racial equity. Past clients include Race Forward and the Center for Social Inclusion, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Camp Fire.
“I appreciate projects where I can be a thought partner with staff and board leaders to reach a winning solution.”
Makiyah spent over a decade working in education reform, where she honed her skills in organizational strategy development. Prior to joining La Piana in 2016, she directed governance initiatives for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, was founding executive director of the New Orleans regional office of Leading Educators, and held various roles over six years with the KIPP Foundation. Makiyah has an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Hispanic Studies, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she served as a trustee from 2014 to 2019.
“I want clients to ask more of the right questions as a result of working with me. I want to support them in the difficult task of challenging the status quo as they pursue a third way.”
Makiyah is available as a speaker on board governance and leadership development. She recently presented at the BoardSource Leadership Forum on effective CEO/board chair relationships and at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.
Learn more about Makiyah in this La Piana Consulting staff interview.