Nikki Verhoff (she/her)

Chief Partnerships Officer
Nikki Verhoff

Nikki Verhoff has spent her career in non-profit development, working to direct philanthropic resources to pressing environmental, public health, and social issues. As chief partnerships officer, Nikki leads the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships team, which includes resource development, funder relations, and communications. She helps support the Foundation’s mission, vision, and goals by building and engaging new partnerships within the philanthropic space and serving as a member of the organization’s senior management team.


Before joining the Water Foundation, she served as the director of development for Health Care Without Harm, a global organization focused on transforming the health sector to be a leader on sustainability and environmental health. Prior to that, Nikki played a crucial role at Natural Resources Defense Council, leading efforts to align programmatic and fundraising goals, growing the pool of support from private foundations, and exploring new and strategic areas of resource mobilization for the organization. Over the years, she has also worked in the development and fundraising departments at City Harvest and The School of American Ballet.


"I’m an urban kid, who loves the woods.
While I have spent most of my life living and working in densely populated metropolitan areas, where thought is often not given to water beyond what is (or is not) coming out of the tap, there is little I love more than following the trail to a pristine lake, a hidden waterfall, or a quiet mountain stream. After decades of working in the environmental field, I know that no one resource is more precious to everyone than fresh water, whether we are talking about drinking water for school children and their families, irrigation for farmers across the country, salmon fishing for communities and tribes, or the conservation of wildlife and wild places for nature lovers like myself. That resource is ours to protect and manage."