Meet Niya

“Poverty is a variable…it has a probability of determining outcomes. Access to opportunities can change those outcomes” -Niya S. Hamilton

Niya S. Hamilton, MBA is the Principal Consultant of Niya Hamilton Consultancy LLC, an operating company of NiyaShenell Holdings LLC. She is a connector and resource for many of her clients, colleagues, and peers in navigating philanthropic and nonprofit endeavors through an array of services. Ms. Hamilton shares her personal journey and expertise of why public service programs are powerful and impactful.

Ms. Hamilton is a Finance & Accounting professional with over fifteen years experience, and has worked in Grants Management for the last eight years. Her work has been recognized by a number of HR firms in the Philadelphia region, including Robert Half Salaried Professional Services, Accountemps, and Kforce, proving her as a highly sought-after Grants Accountant contracted for short and long-term engagements. She has extensive experience with federal and private funding for public health organizations, social services, clinical trials and research, and most recently housing. A few notable corporations she has served cultivating administrative and finance skills include Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; The Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing; Ernst & Young LLP; and Independence Blue Cross. Ms. Hamilton also creates standard operating procedures and end user guides for finance and grants management processes, including internal and federal audit procedures.

During her tenure at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers as Grants Manager, and in a contractual role with The City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health, she established her foundational years of grants management, development, and programmatic skill sets. Niya prides her work, as it has directly impacted BIPOC and vulnerable communities. She continues to serve organizations through her consultancy and in a contractual employee capacity working closely with executive leadership, Boards, program managers, and funders championing funding for BIPOC initiatives.

As the former Board Chair of Urbanstead Francisville Farm in Philadelphia, PA, she provided oversight of compliance, governance, and processes contributing to frameworks that sustained viable programming, projects, and initiatives. Niya successfully managed and provided leadership in its board vetting and selection process, best practices, diversity and inclusion efforts, and strategic partnerships with regional businesses through community-focused initiatives. As a dedicated consultant, her clients receive the same high-level supports, insight, and detail to navigate, manage, and implement strategies into their services.

Ms. Hamilton is a HBCU alumna of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration; and earned her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in Philadelphia, PA. She is an individual member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) and Standards for Excellence PA Licensed Consultant® out of Harrisburg, PA; as well as a national Standards for Excellence Institute® licensed consultant through Maryland Nonprofits out of Baltimore, MD. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities and travels with her daughter and loved ones.

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