About Us

The woman behind Seeds of Fortune

“A Posse Leadership Scholar at Babson College

on a $250,000 scholarship graduating in 2014.

I believed it was my duty to help ease the financial

burdens of those in my generation; so I created

a scholarship program to help teen girls obtain

local and national scholarships”

Nitiya Walker


Founder and

Executive Director

Seed Team

Alexandra Williams

Seed Coach

Alexandra Williams is a Software Engineer at Venmo, currently living in NYC. She was born and raised in Springfield, MA and graduated from Smith College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science. She is an avid traveler and loves watching random YouTube videos.

Gaïana Joseph

Seed Coach

Gaïana Joseph worked at Penguin Random House, currently works in Project Management at a tech company. She’s a Smith College alumna with a degree in Africana and French Studies. A passionate reader, she’ll always have the right book to recommend and can turn anyone into a book lover.

Ky’Eisha W. Penn

Seed Coach

A Civic Engagement and Transparency Law Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, Ky’Eisha pursued her legal training at Howard University School of Law. She was awarded the 2017 Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award, was named the 2018 Howard Law Student of the Year and most recently, was awarded the Charles Hamilton Houston Outstanding Student Award at Howard University School of Law’s 150th Anniversary Gala.

Victoria Bolling

Seed Coach

Victoria is an experienced communications professional with 6 years experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, and Digital Media. A Harlem native, and Stony Brook alum who is passionate about hip hop culture and her community.

Adebukola Ajao

Site Director

Adebukola graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emmanuel College and a minor in Africana Studies from Simmons College. She started a media consulting practice called BDY CONSULT and currently, she is pursuing her Masters from Northeastern University.

Amy Singh

Seed Coach

Amy currently serves as the director of high school data and analytics at Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn, NY. As an academic tutor, Amy helps students make strategic decisions. She holds a Master’s degree from Boston University. See her TEDx talk in Prague: The power of curiosity - Amy Singh's chocolate story.

Joseph Covington II​

Site Director

Joseph Covington II is an Educational Content Curator, & Community Advocate who helps organizations create profound educational experiences for students. He has worked in the education space for the last
17 years of his career and he’s been working in the educational nonprofit space in Washington, D.C. for
the last ten years.

Natasha Inniss

Seed Coach

Natasha holds a B.A. in Psychology and Management-Organization from Spelman College and has had an extensive career in education program management. She is a member of the Essex County chapter in northern New Jersey, serves on the national Programs Committee, and has served with the Girl Scouts
Heart of New Jersey.

Adwoa Ayesu

Seed Coach

Adwoa is a first generation Ghanaian American, born and raised in The Bronx. She graduated college in 2017 and has been working in Digital Marketing for a while now. She is excited to give back to other young women through the Seeds of Fortune program.

Asha Brown

Site Director

Asha Brown is a Program Manager in the non-profit sector working in student development in order to
support young adults in workforce development. Asha holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from North
Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master of Education in College Student
Personnel from the University of Louisville.

Kiara Whittle

Seed Coach

Kiara Whittle graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. She currently works as a chemist and research assistant along with pursuing a masters in Toxicology and Pharmacology. Along with studying and working, Kiara also enjoys mentoring and helping engage kids in STEM fields.

Valarie S. Hollingsworth

Seed Coach

Valarie S. Hollingsworth earned a Master of Arts Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and then went on to earn a Juris Doctor Degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. Ms. Hollingsworth currently holds the title of Senior Administrative Law Judge at New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Traffic Violations Bureau.

Advisory Board

Tracey Cameron

Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education, Wellesley College

Keisha M. Gaillard


Smitha Darisipudi


Chantal Goerge

Account Executive, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

Jessica Reid-Adam

Programming Operations

LeToya Jordan


Nicole Perry

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment Deputy Commissioner

Shadawn Smith

VP External Affairs and Community Engagement, NYC & Company


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