Nikki Darden

Nikki is the Project Director for the Whole Child Portfolio at Transcend, helping to build the internal systems and structures needed to operate at a high level all while maintaining a strong team culture.

She began her career in education during her undergraduate years, serving at an on-campus preschool. Nikki then transitioned to schools within the Great Oaks Charter School network where she ultimately served as the Director of Business Operations and Finance. Before joining Transcend, Nikki was the Chief of Staff at PowerMyLearning, an organization designed to strengthen the relationships between families, students, and teachers. 

Nikki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Economics from Loyola University New Orleans. Nikki also holds an MBA from the University of Delaware. She also completed the Business Analytics certificate program at Cornell University. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nikki currently resides in the Greater Sacramento area and spends her time soaking in all the joys of being a mom and a wife.


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