Principal, Washington D.C.
Mikaela joined AchieveMission in April 2013. Most of her career has been devoted to strengthening leadership within the nonprofit sector.
Most recently, Mikaela was Vice President for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership at Independent Sector, where she led efforts to strengthen leadership at the individual-, organizational- and sector-level, including directing the follow-on work to the White House Forum for Nonprofit Leadership.
As a leadership coach, Mikaela has worked with senior executives and executive teams at prominent nonprofits including The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, BAYCES (Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools), Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Tipping Point Community, Neighborworks America, and Accion.
As a trainer and educator, Mikaela has trained several cohorts of emerging leaders for New Leaders for New Schools and taught graduate-level leadership courses at George Mason University and St. Mary’s College. Her research and writing includes several publications on leadership and philanthropy for Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University.
Mikaela’s early career included experiences as a teacher through Teach for America, a Program Officer for AmeriCorps, COO for a mid-sized affiliate of Points of Light/HandsOn Network, and as a senior advisor to Washington, DC, Mayor Tony Williams.
Mikaela earned her MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she received both the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award and the Don K. Price Award for Academic Excellence and Public Service. She received a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University, and a BA in from Boston University.