Ms. Universe 2021-2022

Nikki Johnson-Huston

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Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. is a tax attorney in Philadelphia
with her own firm, The Law Office of Nikki Johnson-Huston LLC
and spent over 6 years as an Assistant City Solicitor in the
Major Tax Unit for the City of Philadelphia Law Department.
A 2004 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law,
she earned a J.D./M.B.A/ LL.M in Taxation in only four years.
Nikki is a frequent speaker on how she overcame a life of
poverty and homelessness to become a successful attorney.
Nikki is a former member of the Philadelphia Bar Association
Board of Governors, Board of Trustees for Project H.O.M.E and
former Co-Chair of the Women in the Profession Public Service
Task Force of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Nikki started a mentoring program for high-school students
interested in legal careers and has led numerous panels
focused on increasing educational opportunities. A determined
advocate for the homeless, Nikki is also an in demand
inspirational speaker who shares her story with organizations
around the country.
In 2015-2020 she launched “Donafy”, a micro-philanthropy
iPhone app that allows citizens to locate and donate to nearby
nonprofit organizations that service people in need of
emergency housing, food, medical care, mental health, job
training, LGBT and Legal Services.  The app allowed citizens
an opportunity to notify a non-profit organization that a
homeless person at that location is in need of services.
Nikki has been featured in numerous media outlets including:
• Fox News “The O’Reilly Factor”
• Fox & Friends
• AL Jazeera America,
• The Philadelphia Inquirer
• The Philadelphia Daily News
• WHYY “Radio Times with Marti Moss-Coane
• KYW News Radio 1060AM
• Local CBS, NBC, and ABC stations

Appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to Pennsylvania
Judicial Advisory Commission 2020
2018 Community Advocate Award Lutheran Settlement House
2017 innov8tiv.com, Top 50 Visionary Women In Tech
2016 Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader
2016 Being Beautiful Foundation 2016 Pinnacle Award
2015 NAACP New Jersey Women in the NAACP-Frances D. Hooks
2015- PoWeR Award from the Professional Women's Roundtable
2015 Lighting the Path Awardee from Pathways PA
2014 Game changer for Black History Month by CBS3/CW
Philly/KYW News radio 1060AM
2014 & 2012 Steppy Award- "One Step Away" Newspaper – "Honored
for Homeless Advocacy"
2013 Pennsylvania Diverse Attorney of the Year by the Legal
2012 USA Eisenhower Fellow, where she traveled to India and
New Zealand in September 2012 to work with women and children
who were living in poverty
2012 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 by The
National Bar Association
2nd Annual Fashioning Futures for Women Honoree by the Career
2011 Next Generation of Leadership: Rising Star
A 2010 Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction
“10 People under 40 to Watch in 2010” by The Philadelphia
2009 “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer
2008 Craig M. Perry Community Service Award given by the
Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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