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Makiyah Moody, Founder & President


Daughter of Naomi and Robert Moody, and sister to Ade, Sia, Sy, Mensah, and Issa, Makiyah (muh-key-ah) is anchored by a loving, supportive, and affirming family.


Over the years, Makiyah has lived in Chicago, New Orleans, Córdoba, Spain, and southern New Hampshire. She enjoys global travel adventures, collage, meditating on the beach, whale watching, quality time with nature, restorative mud baths, and her amazing friends. 


As a skilled facilitator and governance specialist who helps leaders navigate strategic planning, partnerships, and leadership development, Makiyah pushes organizations to interrogate their worlds in pursuit of deeper impact with an overarching focus on racial equity and capacity building. Her motivation to launch Kairos & Heart stemmed from a pandemic realization that being and doing are different and she wanted to redesign her life.


Former clients include The Children’s Defense Fund, Supermajority, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Heartland Alliance, The ALS Association, YWCA USA, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Deaconess Foundation, The Funders Network, and The Endowment for Health.  


  • An intuitive and curious leader recognized for an outstanding track record of cultivating meaningful relationships, forging partnerships, strengthening boards, and executing strategy

  • Committed to collaboration and co-creation

  • Driven to advance equity across all organizational levels

  • Provokes critical reflection and provides a robust challenge to decision making

  • Analytical and discerning, capable of excavating meaning and accelerating purpose-driven organizations into the future

  • Confident in supporting organizations to adapt and embrace strategy that prioritizes racial equity, diversity, and inclusion

Roles Before Kairos & Heart 

  • Bank teller

  • Supermarket cashier

  • Civil rights investigator 

  • Events manager

  • Finance and operations director

  • Development director

  • Executive director

  • Governance initiatives director

  • Curator, Black & Bold: Perspectives on Leadership

  • Management consultant to nonprofits and foundations

  • College trustee


Learning Journey

  • B.A., Hispanic Studies, Wheaton College (MA)

    • magna cum laude

  • M.A., Humanities, University of Chicago

    • Thesis: Between Massacre and Memory: The Formation of National Identity in the Dominican Republic

  • Executive Scholar, Center for Nonprofit Management, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

  • BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer

  • 2017 Pahara Fellow

  • Courageous Conversations - Beyond Diversity Training

“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am
and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”  -- Tracee Ellis Ross
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