Mikaela has worked in partnership across the sector to build movement for the full integration of equity-informed leadership and talent practices, in multiple roles and systems over the past 25 years. Mikaela began as an elementary school classroom teacher and soon sought to impact the system-level challenges she saw urban schools face.  She has served as a founding charter school leader, c-suite nonprofit executive, program officer and coach in social justice nonprofits across the nation. In any space, Mikaela enables leaders to exercise leadership without formal authority, with the ample resources they have. 

Mikaela joined the AchieveMission team in 2013. She has led our custom consulting and coaching engagements at Higher Achievement, Martha’s Table, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, NCCD, EarthJustice, The Democracy Fund, and many others. Prior to joining AchieveMission, she was VP for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership at Independent Sector. There, she helped found the coalition that designed and hosted the first ever White House Conference on Nonprofit Leadership and she redesigned and taught the NGen Fellows program, a leadership development program for under 40 emerging leaders. 

She has lived in and worked with diverse communities her entire career and is especially skilled at working across cultures and power dynamics. She currently serves on the national advisory boards of Equity in the Center and Fund the People, and is the chair of the governance committee as a member of the board of directors at Mundo Verde Public Charter School.