Nikki Tucker Thomas, Executive Director

Nikki Tucker Thomas_Professional Photo (3) Nikki serves as Executive Director of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. With more than 20 years of experience of work in the nonprofit arena, she is presently in the sixth year in her position with the Foundation.

Prior to her work with  the Foundation, Nikki was the Communications Director for the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, a statewide grantmaking organization. She, too, served as Communications Director for the Community Action Association of Alabama, District Communications Director for a former U. S. Congressman and Public Relations Director for the Alabama State Employees Association. Nikki also served as Chair of the Elmore County Board of Registrars, at the time making her the youngest person to serve in that position. Additionally, she was worked as an Associate Producer of For the Record, a statewide news broadcast produced by Alabama Public Television.

A native of Wetumpka, Alabama, Nikki is a graduate of Troy University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and she works diligently in the community. She is a founding member of the Emanon Group, a nonprofit education advocacy organization that works to support students, parents, teachers and staff in the Elmore County school system. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a fourth generation member of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where she has served in various capacities in the church including as youth director and as President of the Women’s Council.

For nine years, Nikki was married to the late Robert G. Thomas, Sr.  She is the mother of 8 year old son, Nicholas Carrell and 6 year old twin daughters, Lindsay Arianna and Tristyn Lowery. She is the daughter of Mrs. Patrycya Lowery Tucker and the late Carrell N. Tucker of Wetumpka, Alabama (both former educators), and the granddaughter of late Winston C. and Annie Williams Lowery and the late D.J. and Minerva Tucker of Elmore, Alabama.

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Keiah Shauku, Community Outreach & Education Programs Director

Keiah Shauku was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and made her way to Birmingham by way of California, Texas, Washington, and South Korea. Having resided in the Birmingham metro for over 12 years, she is happy to call the area home and eager to find ways to give back to the community. Keiah began her career as a U.S. Army Korean translator, where she worked as part of a diverse team of talented individuals, each striving to advance a common objective.

Since that time, Keiah has developed and administered educational programming in Computer Science, with an emphasis on coding and robotics. Keiah has worked both independently and in collaboration with local partners. She directed educational outreach programs in Birmingham Schools through UAB’s Office of Community Outreach and Development, created an afterschool engineering program at the Birmingham Public Library. Keiah likes to take novel approaches to teaching complex ideas. Keiah has marshalled the community’s resources to develop the capacities of the young people of our city.

Keiah earned an interdisciplinary degree in International Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a diploma in Korean Language and Culture from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Her passions are Computer Science, Computer Programming, and Education. When not plastered to the screen of her souped-up iMac, Keiah can routinely be found walking. She is married with four children.