Over the last ten years, Nikki has been a thought leader in creating social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development. She had the honor of being named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2014.


  • Developed a successful case study at Highland Hospital called "Bite to Balance," in which 15 families with children at risk of diet-related disease received free weekly produce bags and monthly nutrition education.
  • Launched an eldership development program in which residents can launch and receive assistance with their own food projects and enterprises.
  • Led innovative urban agriculture projects that have been hubs of community celebration for a decade.


  • The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans 2014
  • ELLE Gold Awardee
  • People's Grocery Black Urban Farmer and Gardener Award