Nikai Fondon graduated as part of the Class of 2017 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Isenberg School of Management with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While at UMASS, she was an active member of the Isenberg Women in Business Club, Vice-President of the Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA), and an Office Assistant for UMass Disability Services. She was also the Public Relations Coordinator for Student Bridges; a student-run agency that helps facilitate collegiate access and success for local prospective and current students of color. She utilized the summers of her undergraduate career for professional development by serving in positions such as Junior Recruiter for United Personnel and Intern for the Springfield Office of Governor Deval Patrick.
Nikai joins the Women’s Fund team to coordinate the Young Women’s Initiative Springfield Partnership (YWI). As an African-American young woman from the Springfield area, she feels a connection to young girls who are also growing up in the area. Throughout her various professional positions and personal experiences, she has been able to identify and put a voice to the issues that this generation of girls is facing.
She started with our organization as a Summer 2017 Intern and is now the Youth Development Coordinator to help see YWI to fruition. She also works for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts as a Program Associate for the Scholarships Department.