For Immediate Release
June 11, 2022
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Victoria Johnson

(BPRW) Joint Center Welcomes New Vice President of Development

Joint Center continues to grow its senior leadership team with the addition of Vice President of Development Tykia Warden

(Black PR Wire) Washington, DC — The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is excited to announce Tykia Warden has joined the team as Vice President of Development.

The addition of this leadership position is part of the Joint Center’s strategic plan to position the think tank as the “go-to” resource on emerging issues that are critical to Black communities.

“Following the addition of our Vice President of Communications Chandra Hayslett and Vice President of Operations and Finance Quinci Moody, the Joint Center continues to strengthen our position as the premier think tank for Black communities with the addition of our Vice President of Development Tykia Warden,” said Joint Center President Spencer Overton. “Tykia brings deep leadership and development experience as the former executive director for the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation and director of Advancement at the Smithsonian Institute. Her time in Silicon Valley also exposed her to tech culture and workforce issues, which are both critical to Black communities and the Joint Center. Further, Tykia is versed in public policy due to her background working on Capitol Hill for a congresswoman. We are thrilled to have a superstar like her on the Joint Center’s leadership team to shepherd our fundraising efforts and build the infrastructure that allows us to deepen our relationships with our key audiences and demonstrate our impact.”

“What drew me to the Joint Center was a unique opportunity to serve in a leadership position encompassing my philanthropic experience and expertise for the enhancement of racial equity and social justice issues,” said Warden. “There is important work to be done in partnership with our donors, community organizations, and civic and business leaders, and I am excited about the issues and challenges the organization is looking to tackle. I’m honored for the opportunity to join the Joint Center’s dedicated staff and help further its mission.”

Warden is a development expert with 15 years of experience leading non-profit and university advancement programs, managing cross-functional teams, designing and running comprehensive campaigns, and building a culture of philanthropy within institutions. Prior to joining the Joint Center, she was the executive director for the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation, where she led the day-to-day business operations and development. She also held development roles at the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Maryland. Warden earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Indiana University, Bloomington and a master’s degree in organizational communications from Bowie State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at Northern Illinois University. Warden is a proud member of Jack & Jill of America Inc. Columbia, MD Chapter and a charter member of the Omega Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Contra Costa County, CA.

About the Joint Center: The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, provides compelling and actionable policy solutions to eradicate persistent and evolving barriers to the full freedom of Black people in America. We are the trusted forum for leading experts and scholars to participate in major public policy debates and promote ideas that advance Black communities. We use evidence-based research, analysis, convenings, and strategic communications to support Black communities and a network of allies.