Makiyah Moody

Makiyah Moody
Makiyah Moody is a senior consultant with La Piana Consulting. She brings deep experience and creativity in helping organizations effectively lead and manage teams, forge partnerships, and think and act strategically. With a proven track record as a leader and trainer, particularly in areas such as program design and management and board development, Makiyah has consulted to the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University, is an executive scholar with the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Prior to joining La Piana Consulting, Makiyah directed governance initiatives for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, founded and led both a consultancy and the New Orleans regional office of Leading Educators, was managing director of finance and operations at KIPP LEAD College Prep Charter School, and was a manager at KIPP Foundation. She was also a founding board member of Nexus City, a New Orleans foundation that connects, inspires, and supports community leaders. Makiyah has an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in hispanic studies, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she currently serves as a trustee.

Equity in Pursuit of Excellence: Why the Social Sector Needs Bold Strokes

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Apr 10, 2019 1:25:39 PM

In the 1970 pamphlet entitled Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female, Frances Beale said that “In attempting to analyze the situation of the black woman in America, one crashes abruptly into a solid wall of grave misconceptions, outright distortions of fact, and defensive attitudes on the part of...


Ujima and the Board-CEO Partnership

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Aug 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

This post is one in a series written by nonprofit leaders who will be presenting sessions at the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Seattle, October 18-20. We hope you’ll be joining us there.

The social sector may achieve greater impact if it subscribes more deliberately and deeply to the principle...


Topics: Board Best Practices, BoardSource Leadership Forum, Board Chair

Proactive Planning: Succeeding with Succession

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Sep 28, 2016 3:57:43 PM

A goal without a plan is just a wish. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Adages about planning are plentiful. Investing time in planning increases the likelihood of any endeavor’s success. And so it is with succession planning. Succession planning is a proactive measure that boards take to ensure...


Topics: Succession Planning

Generative Governance: Making Sense of Problems through Critical Inquiry

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Jul 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Board meetings tend to remind me of sitcoms: a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home, workplace, or a boardroom, with laughable moments. There is usually a board member who lacks self-awareness (i.e. Kramer from Seinfeld), someone who has a very high...


Topics: Meetings, Generative Governance

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