Natika Washington serves as Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Polaris, a global leader in the fight to eradicate human trafficking and to restore freedom to survivors. For over a decade, she has worked to ensure equal access to human rights opportunities specifically for women and girls as an international development expert. Ms. Washington’s is responsible for leading the organizations corporate engagement and development team, designing, and providing oversight of initiatives that lead to organizational sustainability; specifically, increasing Polaris’ global footprint and financial goals over the next five to ten years. Ms. Washington also provides oversight to the CEO regarding Polaris’ external and internal communications strategy.
Natika come’s to Polaris with a 20-year career in government. As the previous Director of Global Programs and Gender Integration at the US Department of States, Office of Global Women’s Issues, Ms. Washington designed, managed, and oversaw staff and the implementation of several multi-million-dollar program initiatives aimed at empowering women and girls socially, politically, and economically in over 90 developing nations. In this capacity, she also liaised with foreign governments and private sector partners to build joint women’s empowerment public-private-partnership initiatives with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Government of Denmark among others.
Natika is a decorated war veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom having served for ten years in the US Air Force. She holds a World Executive Master’s in Business Administration with a minor in Cyber Security degree from George Washington University.