Kalisha Dessources

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Kalisha Dessources is currently the Director of the National Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives—a collaborative effort made by eight independent women’s foundations across the country to leverage resources in order to address key structural barriers faced by low-income women and girls, and women and girls of color. Prior to this role, Kalisha served in the Obama White House, most recently as the Policy Advisor to President Obama’s White House Council on Women and Girls. In that role, Kalisha was responsible for directing the Obama Administration’s work to advance equity for women and girls of color. Prior to her time at the White House, Kalisha served as a Teach for America corps member, teaching secondary math and science in Philadelphia. A proud Haitian-American from New York, Kalisha received her Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and her Masters from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. This fall, she will begin a PhD in Sociology at Yale University. Her research will focus on urban poverty, racial inequality, and inequity in the education and criminal justice systems.