Ayoka Wiles-Abel has over two decades of background experience in the arts, dance, culture, and education. Ayoka has worked with several community based organizations integrating the arts, literacy, spirituality and cultural education in programming for youth and adults. She served as the first Associate Director of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy and was a Business Manager for the Village of Arts and Humanities. She served as the Director of the New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator at Resources of Human Development, where she led and provided technical assistance and capacity building to small and start up community-based programs. Most recently, she served as Associate Executive Director/Interim Director of Finance of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy for 5 years and lives in New York with her supportive family.
Ayoka received a B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College and a Master's of Science in Nonprofit Management from The Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University. She has also received numerous certificates of study including a Nonprofit Management certificate from Columbia Business School, Institute of Nonprofit Management and completed fieldwork in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying the Management of Socially Responsible Organizations in Latin America.