Kalisha Dessources  :: Policy Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls

Kalisha serves as a Policy Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, where she works on issues including girls’ education, diversity and inclusiveness in STEM, working families policies, and the advancement of women and girls of color. Previously, Kalisha served as a Staff Assistant for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she engaged state elected officials on a variety of issues.

Before joining the Intergovernmental Affairs team, she served as a White House intern for the Office of Public Engagement, working on African-American outreach and faith community engagement.

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, where she also minored in Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received her Masters from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she completed research on racial identity formation and academic achievement among Black women.