Nakia Howell-Spears

Nakia started her career in catering and event planning at Columbia University's Lerner Hall, where she was Assistant Catering Manager from 2001 to 2005. She rejoined the Columbia Dining team in November 2023 as the Catering Manager at Teachers College. Over the years, she's displayed her catering expertise at various universities like Juilliard, Rutgers University, and Rider University, as well as big companies such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and KPMG. With over 20 years of experience, Nakia has earned a reputation for her boundless creativity, designing grand and colorful events. She is always eager to go above and beyond for her clients. Outside of work, Nakia enjoys traveling, discovering new dishes, and visiting wineries.