Executive Director, Loudoun Literacy Council, Loudoun County, Va.
Nikki Daruwala is the Executive Director of the Loudoun Literacy Council of Loudoun County, Va. Before founding NDpoint Strategies and joining Loudoun Literacy Council, Nikki served as Vice President of Programs and Operations at Global Policy Solutions and its nonprofit arm, the Center for Global Policy Solutions. In this capacity, she managed teams and projects supporting health, education and economic security programs for clients including the National Council of La Raza, YWCA and National Hispanic Council on Aging. Nikki served as Deputy Director for Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Closing the Racial Wealth Gap, a Ford Foundation initiative. She also served as Executive Director for DC Jobs with Justice.In 2005, Nikki founded the Socially Responsible Business Program at American Rights at Work. Nikki served at Calvert Investments, where she researched and evaluated corporate responsibility performance and developed cutting-edge human capital and return-on-investment metrics and analyses. She was the primary architect of the groundbreaking Calvert Women’s Principles — the first global code of conduct focused on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide (a precursor to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles). Early in her career, Nikki led groundbreaking research on consumer and worker safety in the food manufacturing industry, leading to stronger federal regulations. She also advocated on behalf of healthcare workers and nursing home patients on responsible care, resulting in nursing home reform. She uncovered and led the first investigation linking U.S. companies to child labor practices in Asia, resulting in the establishment of a vast industry-supporting responsible supply-chain practices.