Nikki Wachter is the director of grants management. Her responsibilities include creating and enabling processes that facilitate Ascendium’s grantmaking operations, serving as a strategic partner to program staff, and leading a team of grants management professionals. She joined the organization in 2012.
Previously, she served as a program officer at Ascendium. She has also held positions with Easter Seals Wisconsin, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the University of Northern Iowa. Nikki is on the membership committee of PEAK Grantmaking’s Midwest chapter and serves on the boards for her local parks foundation and elementary school parent teacher organization.
Raised in Iowa, she earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Edgewood College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Northern Iowa.