Nakita Shavers, Founder and Executive Director
Nakita is a native of New Orleans and has a long history of community advocacy and education. She is the founder and executive director of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF), which provides programs and initiatives to promote youth empowerment, community development, and enhanced educational opportunities in the city of New Orleans. She is also co-founder of Silence Is Violence Anti-Violence Organization. As a graduate of McDonogh #35 Sr. High School and the New Orleans Center for Science and Math High School, she has always possessed an esteemed desire to make New Orleans a better place. Nakita is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science Pre-law, a graduate of Walden University with a Master of Public Administration with a Specialization in Non-Profit Management & Leadership, a graduate of Loyola University’s Institute of Politics, and a recent graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In December of 2014, Nakita was chosen as a “Youth Champion” by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, joining a next generation cohort of 22 youth leaders from the United States, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and India to champion the cause of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights nationally and internationally. As a Youth Champion, Nakita created GIRLS NOLA (Girls Initiative for Reproducing Leaders in Society), an arts-integrated sexual and reproductive health program in New Orleans that works to educate and empower young women to lead. As a leader in the SRHR community, Nakita is also the Sexual Reproductive Health Coordinator at Women With A Vision, LLC.
Nakita is a media favorite. As she has been featured in the CBS 48 Hours Mystery’s Emmy nominated episode Storm of Murder, CNN’s One Crime at a Time, Spike Lee’s documentary If God Is Willing and The Creek Don’t Rise, and HBO’s Treme' Season 2 Episode 5 Slip Away. Nakita Shavers is a woman of true strength and diversity. She personifies humanitarianism and philanthropy in everything that she does, and she is determined to fight for justice and equitable opportunities for all.