Daughter of Dayton
Desiree was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She is a proud product of Dayton Public Schools.
Inspired by her grandfather’s journey from sharecropping in the Deep South and being forced to leave school at the age of six to support household expenses, Desiree became the first in her
family to graduate from a four-year college.
After graduating from Dayton Dunbar High School, she attended Xavier University, and most recently graduated from Georgetown Law.
Committed to Public Service
As an undergraduate at Xavier University, Desiree joined the 2008 presidential campaign as a volunteer in Southwest Ohio. Later, that experience would land her in The White House during
President Barack Obama’s first presidential term. Following her time at The White House, Desiree began working on Capitol Hill for United States senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). She was also elected to serve as President of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus.
While on Capitol Hill, Desiree worked on important policy issues that ranged from the reauthorization of the farm bill, minimum wage, affordable child care, health care, and climate change. This work solidified her passion for public policy and advocacy for the everyday worker, which led Desiree to serve in senior advisory roles at Child Care Aware of America and League of Conservation Voters.
Desiree has worked hard to advocate for federal policies that support hardworking families and strengthen the middle class. As your Representative, she will continue that work to support the many communities that comprise Montgomery, Greene, and Fayette counties.