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Has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector where she has served in numerous high level position with national and international organizations including more recently as Head of Office for Africa at Consumers International (South Africa), Executive Director of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. (USA), Director of Development at YWCA USA, Black Women's Health Imperative (formerly the National Black Women's Health Project), and National Low Income Housing Coalition (USA) and International Development Officer for National Council of Negro Women.
As an association executive and professional fundraiser, she is committed to philanthropy and corporate social impact and has helped raise over $50 million for social causes. She has managed and developed multi-million dollar initiatives including, but not limited to, overseeing the largest gathering of journalists of color with an attendance of over 7,500 and a citywide impact of nearly $20 million. Furthermore, has a wide range of experience in advocacy, public policy, political campaign management and international diplomacy. Equally important is her strong sensitivity and unique perspective to the dynamics affecting women, and other disadvantaged populations.
A graduate of The University of Iowa where she earned a Masters degree in Education (International Education, Public Policy and Leadership) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies and Education, she also attended Grinnell College in Iowa. Ms. Makwakwa is a native of Soweto, South Africa; after living in the USA for 23 years, she recently joined the Homecoming Revolution and is now living and working in Africa based in South Africa