Natika Washington

Chief Development Officer

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. 

Blog Posts by Natika Washington

Five reasons you should run against human trafficking

Natika Washington|May 26, 2017

Need more encouragement to run in our 5K next month? We can think of at least 5 reasons to dust off your running shoes.

Polaris Selected as 2017 Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship

Natika Washington|March 28, 2017

The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. 

Delta Air Lines SkyWish Partners with Polaris

Natika Washington|March 07, 2017

Polaris and Delta Air Lines are announcing a new partnership enabling Delta SkyMiles Members to directly support survivors of human trafficking through the SkyWish program.