Makiyah Moody

Makiyah Moody (she/her) is founder and president at Kairos & Heart LLC where she helps organizations ask and answer critical questions about how to advance their missions. A skilled facilitator and governance specialist, Makiyah launched Kairos & Heart in August 2021 after realizing that being and doing are different and she wanted to explore different design choices for partnering with organizational leaders.   

Prior to becoming a business owner, Makiyah sharpened her consulting skills at La Piana Consulting, directed governance initiatives for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, was founding executive director of the New Orleans regional office of Leading Educators and held various roles over six years with the KIPP Foundation. Additionally, she was a 2013 participant in the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change Racial Equity Leadership Development Seminar, is a Pahara Institute NextGen Fellow, an Executive Scholar with the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant.

Prior to graduate school, Makiyah was a Civil Rights Investigator with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, an experience that vividly confirmed the disparate impact of structural racism. She is most energized by the opportunity to work with organizations that support underinvested communities and people of color, and promote a thriving, multiracial democracy. 

Makiyah has an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Hispanic Studies, magna cum laude, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she served as a trustee from 2014 to 2019. Makiyah serves on the board of directors for Heartland Alliance, a global enterprise working to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society and is a founding board member for the New Hampshire Center for Justice and Equity.

Makiyah currently lives in Southern New Hampshire. Fun includes travel, whale watching, cooking, running, collage, and painting. She is not a fan of shoveling snow or climate change.