BROOKLYN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nakisha “Nikki” Evans is the Executive Director of Jeremiah Program Brooklyn. For most of her career, Nikki has focused her professional work on helping underserved communities access the skills, resources, and opportunities that support socioeconomic mobility and financial stability for individuals and families. Before joining JP Brooklyn, Nikki served as the Director of the Office of Workforce Partnerships at the City University of New York (CUNY) for seven years. As Director, Nikki oversaw the implementation of CUNY’s student career success strategy across its 19 campuses, including collaborations with local industries and employers around skill-based training and talent recruiting for internships and job opportunities — particularly in New York City’s STEM sectors. Additionally, she developed and oversaw several initiatives aimed at diversifying the city’s STEM fields by supporting and preparing people of color, women, and nontraditional candidates for STEM careers while also advising employers on more equitable recruiting and hiring practices.
Prior to CUNY, Nikki lived and worked in Berlin, Germany. As a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, she studied Germany’s workforce and labor market management strategies, including its federal apprenticeship system. Then as the Program Administrator for an international technical skills certification program housed at Siemens’ Technik Akademie in Berlin, she built academic and talent partnerships with colleges, universities, and governments in the U.S. and Latin America, and served as a technical expert on apprenticeship and community colleges for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Originally from Florida, Nikki received her M.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and her B.A. degree in African and Afro-American Studies from Brandeis University.