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Miki has led the Foundation since its early stages, guiding the Board of Directors and staff to advance its development over the years. Her educational background and professional experiences in the social sector have made the position a natural fit, but it is her deep personal interest in creating positive social change that make the job truly rewarding.
Most recently, Miki was with the U.S. Agency for International Development at the U.S. Embassy in the Lao P.D.R. where she coordinated a portfolio of environmental, educational and disabilities programs with Lao government, U.S. inter-agency and private sector counterparts. In the past, she worked as Deputy Director of Asia America Initiative, an organization she helped create, to support educational and conflict mitigation programs in the southern Philippines. She also worked in the Contracts and Grants Department of Family Health International and as a Program Officer at Social Impact.
She holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service with a concentration in International Development from Georgetown University, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University and a BA from Gettysburg College.
Caroline was appointed Senior Director of Programs with the Scheidel Foundation in August 2014. Most recently, she was Capacity Building and Evaluation Specialist at Fair Chance, where she worked closely with leaders in Washington D.C.’s child and youth development nonprofits to identify and implement techniques to improve their leadership and operations, and increase their mission impact. She also led the creation and implementation of Fair Chance’s performance measurement and evaluation system.
Prior positions include her work as a Development Officer at Charities Aid Foundation America, Organizational Consultant for government and nonprofit clients at Quatt Associates and Booz Allen Hamilton, and Program Officer providing capacity building grants, training and technical assistance to nonprofits at the Environmental Support Center. She has also served on the board of Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia and twice volunteered on projects to assist local organizations through Compass, a D.C.-based group that matches business professionals to nonprofit leaders for pro bono assistance.
She is trained in leadership coaching, facilitation methods and adult learning techniques. Caroline received an M.A. in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).