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Nikki Zaahir

Director, Administration, Outreach & Engagement

An expert in workforce development, Nikki Zaahir has a uniquely straight-forward approach to economic empowerment and connecting people with skills and skills with industry. With over 15 years of experience, she has become an expert in facilitating the combination of transferable life skills and subsequent training to provide opportunities for advancement to both individuals and underserved communities, having designed, coordinated, and directed programs that promote the achievement of career oriented skills through certified training that aligns with industries that offer stability and advancement. She believes that learning takes place everywhere and all the time – and what distinguishes one community or person from another is not ability, but access.

As Senior Program Administrator at SEMI, the industry association representing the global end-to-end electronics industry, Nikki has been responsible for grant management, program evaluation, outreach, and visibility of the semiconductor industry. Before joining SEMI, Nikki served as Executive Director and, previously, National Director of Workforce Development, at Vehicles for Change (VFC), Inc. VFC has  improved the lives of more than 20,000 individuals by giving them access to increased economic independence, access to better housing, and access to choose.  While at VFC, Nikki designed and implemented a social enterprise to assist returning citizens with acquiring certified, skilled training and job placement. Nikki has also served as Corporate Representative Department chair at America Works, Inc.  At America Works, she worked with returning citizens and Welfare-to-Work clientele to provide opportunities for economic independence that led to generational impact.

Nikki has served as Operations Manager at Global Telecommunications, Quality Management Officer at the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and Maintenance Technician at National Semiconductor and National Security Agency.

Nikki has served on select Public and Private Boards, including Baltimore County Workforce Development Board, Maryland Correctional Enterprise Management Council, and the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women Wardens Council. She is also a certified Master Life Coach, MBSR and meditation facilitator. She was awarded the 2018 Maryland State Raising the Bar in Leadership award and the 2018 Associated Black Charities Women on the Move award.
 

Nikki Zaahir has over 15 years of experience in workforce development with a specific focus on reaching underserved communities. Through her work she has increased diversity, equity and inclusion in industry sectors and occupations which provide stable, living wage jobs and structured opportunities for career and education advancement. She is an expert in designing, coordinating, and directing holistic programs which reinforce a strategy that learning takes place everywhere and all the time – and what distinguishes one community or person from another is not ability, but access.

Nikki has experience in grant management, program evaluation, and outreach. Nikki has served as the Executive Director at Vehicles for Change (VFC), Inc. VFC has improved the lives of more than 20,000 individuals by giving them access to increased economic independence, access to better housing, and access to choose.  While there Nikki designed and implemented a social enterprise to assist returning citizens with industry-certified skills training and job placement. Nikki also served as Corporate Representative Department chair at America Works, Inc.  At America Works, she worked with returning citizens and Welfare-to-Work clientele to provide opportunities for economic independence leading to generational impact. Nikki has served as Operations Manager at Global Telecommunications, Quality Management Officer at the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and Maintenance Technician at National Semiconductor and National Security Agency. Nikki has served on select Public and Private Boards, including Baltimore County Workforce Development Board, Maryland Correctional Enterprise Management Council, and the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women Wardens Council. She is a certified Master Life Coach and MBSR. She was awarded the 2018 Maryland State Raising the Bar in Leadership award and the 2018 Associated Black Charities Women on the Move award.

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