Director of Programs
Mareeha Niaz is a Director of Programs overseeing peer learning and partnership programming at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. As part of GEO’s program team, she co-creates initiatives with partners aimed at transforming philanthropic culture and practice.
Before joining GEO, Mareeha managed leadership programs at Independent Sector, a national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers at nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs working to strengthen civil society. During her time at Independent Sector, Mareeha worked on a broad portfolio including nonprofit governance and ethics, racial equity, fellowships, peer learning, online learning, leadership cohorts, and awards. She is an experienced facilitator, speaker, writer, and program designer leveraging results based leadership skills and a data-driven practice rooted in equity. Prior to this, she managed a department under the diplomatic wing at the Embassy of Pakistan working to meet the needs of the American-Pakistani population.
Mareeha is passionate about food justice, racial equity, and building community in her Eckington neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the board of Common Good City Farm, where she chairs the governance and nominations committee. Mareeha also serves on ProInspire’s Network Leadership Council and volunteers with organizations promoting mental health and wellness, such as Yoga District.