nikkiAbout Nikki Daruwala

Nikki Daruwala is a dynamic consultant with exceptional leadership and operational skills coupled with an unwavering commitment to each of her clients. With a career spanning more than two decades, Nikki brings vision, dedication and expertise to help organizations grow and transition their missions and operations. She’s able to provide both directional guidance and hands-on support.

Nikki has:

  • stepped in to run organizations in transition;
  • helped nonprofits achieve and exceed their fundraising goals;
  • supported early-stage entrepreneurs in developing robust strategic business plans;
  • created streamlined and effective operational systems at associations;
  • refined and advanced corporate responsibility assessments, policies and partnerships for businesses;
  • and led strategic planning at nonprofits to help them gain clarity on their mission, while creating innovative programs to support their needs.

Track record

Before founding NDpoint Strategies, 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. She 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. Under her supervision, the organization successfully executed several large-scale conferences and events, and published numerous thought-provoking research reports and fact sheets.

Previously, Nikki served as Executive Director for DC Jobs with Justice, where she doubled the organization’s membership base and substantially increased its financial sustainability. She advanced the organization’s cause by testifying at legislative hearings, conferences and demonstrations, and speaking before the media.

In 2005, Nikki founded the Socially Responsible Business Program at American Rights at Work to promote awareness of ethical corporate policies, partnerships and practices. She authored numerous fact sheets, reports, blogs, editorials and newsletter articles. She recruited and engaged about 200 prominent scholars and economists to publish papers to support the rights of working Americans. Her signature annual publication, Labor Day List Partnerships That Work, highlighted examples of labor-management partnerships that benefit employers, workers and society. Nikki galvanized a coalition of over 2,000 small business leaders and investment professionals under the banner Business Leaders for a Fair Economy and formed a coalition of investment professionals with over $757 billion in assets under management.

An early trendsetter in the field of social investing, 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 analysis.

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. She developed a model charter to attain greater diversity on corporate boards and advised numerous corporations on their diversity and inclusion, labor and human rights programs and policies. Her collaborations have lead to talking ATMs for persons with disabilities; corporate standards on workplace violence; global supply-chain accountability and diversity; standards for economic inclusion; programs targeted at ending discrimination; and greater disclosure and transparency.

As a bridge between the public and private sectors, she spearheaded large-scale global coalitions and shared her expertise at conferences and with the media.

She published Calvert’s first Corporate Responsibility Report developed in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative standards. Her contributions also include the development of institutional investment policies protecting the rights of indigenous peoples and strengthening governance standards protecting shareholder rights.

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 supply-chain responsibility.

Community involvement

A proud first-generation immigrant, Nikki strongly believes in devoting time to community service and is an advocate for the rights of working people, women and children worldwide. She was a founding member of the Child Labor Coalition and currently serves as an advisor to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She serves on numerous boards, and participates in the Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition and the Ford Foundation’s Experts of Color Network.

Nikki holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business from Ithaca College.

See LinkedIn for additional details on Nikki’s professional experience, as well as her significant pro bono work and advisory roles.