Natika Washington leads Prison Fellowship’s efforts to engage corporations, helping these entities invest in solutions to crime and incarceration, and strengthening the organizations financial foundation. Racial equity is Natika’s passion, she currently chairs the diversity, equity and inclusion council within the organization. An international development and social impact expert, she has worked to ensure equal access to human rights opportunities around the world, especially for women and girls. She comes to Prison Fellowship after serving as the chief development officer at Polaris, a leader in the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery. Before that, she was the director of global programs and gender integration at the U.S. Department of State for eight years. There, she managed the implementation of several multi-million-dollar initiatives in more than 90 developing countries. She liaised with foreign governments, foundations, and private-sector partners, including Delta Airlines, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and the Danish government, to build joint women’s empowerment partnerships. Washington is a decorated war veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
She holds a master’s degree in business administration with a minor in cyber security, a bachelor of science in business communications, and a professional certificate in corporate social responsibility.