Tamika Nicole Jordan, professionally and affectionately known as Tamika Nicole is a native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. A proud graduate of the Philadelphia public school system, Tamika Nicole went on to earn undergraduate degrees from Peirce College and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Business Administration. Committed to continuing education she also studied Business Education, Non-Profit Development and Psychology at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center and Community College of Philadelphia where she later worked.
Tamika Nicole has spent the better of the last two decades working for some of the region’s most longstanding human service and public education institutions. Prior to joining National Urban Fellows she served as a Project Director in Community College of Philadelphia's Division of Advancement and Community Engagement. Early on she provided leadership for the New Choices New Options Career Development Service (NCNO) and most recently to the Keystone Education Yields Success Program (KEYS). In her role as director for the KEYS Program, a workforce development initiative, she provided leadership, program and fiscal supervision, professional coaching and innovative service development for the largest project of its kind in the commonwealth. Tamika Nicole witnessed firsthand the social and systemic challenges individuals face in their aim for upward mobility. She discovered the complex and more often contrary relationship between direct programming, funding and public policy through her work with the Department of Human Service (formerly the Department of Public Welfare).
As a result Tamika Nicole is committed to working to ensure non-profits, public systems, policy and funding practices operate in concert to foster more productive and collective public impact while maximizing fiscal resources. Inspired by the exceptional students she served and their determination for success against all odds Tamika Nicole decided to follow their example and continue her education. Now as member of the National Urban Fellows Class of 2016 and a candidate for a Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College she aims to sharpen her skills as a public servant leader. Tamika Nicole is poised and positioned to continue in the enduring legacy of change leadership needed to move our nation and global communities forward.