Director of Human Resources
Nakisha Griffin is an human resources executive with over fourteen years of organizational leadership experience within government contracting and healthcare. Prior to joining Ripple Effect, Nakisha served as the Chief Operations Officer for a Washington, D.C. government contractor overseeing human resources and project management. It was in that role she utilized her exceptional human resource business partner knowledge to alleviate organizational constraints and design proactive human resources strategies. Working in human resources throughout her career has offered the opportunity to see the discipline as a hold move from just compliance keepers to strategic and transformational allies.
Nakisha received her undergraduate degree from Kean University and her graduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Nakisha holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, Society of Human Resource Management Senior Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation, International Coaching Federation’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Human Capital Institute’s Human Capital Strategist (HCS) and Myers Briggs Institute’s Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
She is a lifelong girl scout and is an eager volunteer. She strongly believes in the importance of developing and encouraging the next generation. Especially as it relates to entrepreneurship – she always has a basement full of Girl Scouts’ cookies every winter. Nakisha lives in Northern Virginia with her two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, coaching cheerleading, and traveling.
WHAT HAS WORKING IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD TAUGHT YOU THAT HAS HELPED YOU IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
Working with people and clients has always been the best part of the job. Since I’ve spent most of my career immersed in cultures that were, initially, unfamiliar to me—or in languages I had yet to master, taught me empathy and humility. It also taught me that precision of language, even body language is essential to good communications. Back home in the US all of those lessons still apply. One of the greatest human challenges is communication. I hope that my time learning and understanding just a fraction of the millions of ways people communicate has increased effectiveness as a good communicator.
WHAT TOPIC ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
When you work in communications you end up learning about a variety of topics. I started my career communicating about music, and eventually started learning about human rights and advocacy. For the next 14 years or so, I felt very fulfilled telling the stories of the world’s most vulnerable people. Not only was I able to contribute to advocacy efforts for child soldiers, victims of drug trafficking, human trafficking, geocide, climate change, and sexual abuse, the extremely poor, orphans, marginalized people, refugees, and prisoners, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work directly with these affected children and families around the world. There is no greater honor than being able to amplify their words and stories. As Ripple Effect is a mission-driven company and many of our clients either directly or indirectly seek for real change for underserved people, I am most passionate about advocating for the work of our clients to improve the lives of those who need it most.
WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love the outdoors. I look forward every year to getting out in nature with my family, our dog, and our canoe. We love camping, hiking, and finding new places to explore. We also have a very musical household. I play guitar and my son is learning ukulele—but my wife is the real talent in the family. She plays classical piano, taught herself violin, guitar and ukulele in a matter of months, and is now working on mastering the cajón. We are passionate about all genres of music.
Finally, I am passionate about languages and cultures. At home, my family speaks German, English, and Spanish and regularly switch between them. We also speak French, but only when we don’t want our son to understand what we are saying. We have scoured the Washington, DC area for obscure Spanish and German dishes and
ingredients. Because we have lived in so many places we are also always on the lookout for authentic East and West African and Middle Eastern recipes.