She is the daughter of Valerie, a professor and educational consultant, and Earl Washington, a real estate broker. Her father’s family is African American, from South Carolina and Brooklyn, and her mother’s family is Jamaican American, from Manhattan; Washington has said that her mother is from a “mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and Native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean”. She is related to former secretary of state Colin Powell through her mother.
Washington performed with the TADA! Youth Theater teen group and attended the Spence School in Manhattan, graduating in 1994. She attended The George Washington University, graduating in 1998 Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in anthropology and sociology. She also studied at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.
Height : 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)