Lakeshia is an impact strategist and consultant with a 20-year career in program and organization development and philanthropy. Since 2013, she has consulted and delivered outstanding results for a wide range of nonprofits, foundations and city agencies, leading them through research, strategy and planning processes as well as implementing various large-scale collaborative initiatives and partnerships. For the City of New York, Lakeshia worked with commissioners and directors from 24 city agencies and mayoral offices to operationalize strategic policy initiatives such as Growing Up NYC and a partnership with Robin Hood’s Fund for Early Learning to help city agencies make coordinated and evidence-based investments in young people. Prior to consulting, Lakeshia was a program officer at the New York Women’s Foundation. In addition, she worked in child advocacy as a director for programs and organizations serving disconnected youth, mostly teen mothers and human trafficking survivors. Lakeshia began her career with The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, where she worked for six years and analyzed and implemented policy changes that impacted client services in New York City’s family courts.
A general enthusiast, she enjoys working on a project from concept through execution and evaluation. She is a graduate of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (MPA/Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY (BA/Forensic Psychology).
Outside of work, Lakeshia is a design enthusiast and spends many happy hours redecorating her home and exploring socially engaged practices in art and design.