Mareeha Niaz



Director of Programs

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations


Mareeha co-creates initiatives with partners aimed at transforming philanthropic culture and practice. She’s an experienced facilitator, speaker, and program designer leveraging results-based leadership skills and a data informed practice rooted in equity. 

Before joining GEO, Mareeha managed leadership programs at Independent Sector, where she worked on a broad portfolio, including nonprofit governance and ethics, racial equity, fellowships, peer learning, online learning, leadership cohorts, and awards. Prior to this, she started her career in foreign affairs, working to meet the needs of the American-Pakistani population at the Embassy of Pakistan.  

Mareeha is passionate about food justice, racial equity, and building community in her Eckington neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She currently serves as board chair for Common Good City Farm working to meet their purpose of working with neighbors in nurturing a sustainable community space grounded in food justice, education, and connection. 

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