Our Founder & CEO

Dr. Rhonika Thomas


Rhonika Thomas, (Dr. Rho) is considered a pioneer in the nonprofit sector and created history as the CEO and Founder of the first National Nonprofit Minority Association and National Nonprofit Minority Foundation in the world. Born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, her educational background is solid with the following degrees, BA, MA, and PhD. She is considered an expert in the field of nonprofit development and management.


She has spent years dedicating her time to learning about nonprofits. Her love and passion has taken her across the world coaching and developing future nonprofit leaders. Dr. Rho created Blacks in Nonprofits a Facebook networking community that has over 10,000 members. This community is open to African Americans all across the world and is growing rapidly. Her mission in life is helping others to reach their full potential and giving back to her community.


She believes in being a blessing to others. She established Nonprofit Newbies Consulting, LLC based out of St. Louis, MO and founded the Phenomenal I am Women's Conference series that provides encouragement, empowerment, and networking opportunities for women of all backgrounds.​ However her proudest accomplishment is becoming a proud and loving mother to three amazing children who she proudly declares are her reasons why she goes so hard in life.

Our Mission

NNMA unites nonprofit leaders to business owners of color who provide services to them nationally to create a network of support that leverages resources to build their communities.

Our Vision

NNMA’S vision is to build a diverse and elite sector of professionals of color globally, who unite to change the narrative of people of color in nonprofits for future generations.

Our Story

Formed in 2020, The National Nonprofit Minority Association has grown to support nonprofit organizations and professionals around the world by providing resources, education and guidance for:

  • Managing and leading more effectively
  • Fostering and sustaining fruitful collaborations
  • Achieving greater impact in communities
  • Advocating on issues affecting minorities in the nonprofit sector
  • Promoting the value of nonprofit organizations

Our Core Values

  • We build personal relationships with minority leaders that strengthen them and meet their needs to better serve in their communities
  • We seek to eliminate all barriers of racial discrimination inside the nonprofit sector
  • We create platforms, programs, tools, and resources that increase financial capacity building
  • We always conduct business in a manner that respects every person in our association from – our consumers, donors, investors, boards, volunteers, and staff
  • We are partners with nonprofits of all backgrounds but particularly with those that are founded and led by minorities.
  • We are partners with philanthropists and investors who share our passions and vision to improve the involvement of minority’s charitable sector’s value not only in America but across the world.
  • We pursue relationships with all minority nonprofits and mutually participate in building each other’s organizations and services.
  • We promote change, creativity, adaptability in organizational and individual practices.

Our Board Members

Dr. Omai Koffi

Dr. E Lance McCarthy

Attorney Audrey K. Chisholm

Matthew R. Gilbert ESQ

Josh Letsis

Dr. Rebakkah Johnson

Anniece Spencer

David Francois

Christina Hair

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