“I am running for Congress to ensure that the Miami Valley has a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives who truly represents our home. We need a leader and a fighter in Congress to help expand access to healthcare, middle-class jobs, safety, and the American Dream. My grandparents were able to access that American Dream and it’s important that we blaze the trail for the next generation.”

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Desiree: Daughter of Dayton

Desiree was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and is a proud product of Dayton Public Schools. Inspired by her grandfather, who was forced to leave school at age six to support his family as a sharecropper in the Deep South, Desiree became the first in her family to earn a four-year college degree. Desiree is a graduate of Dayton Dunbar High School, Xavier University, and Georgetown Law.

While an undergraduate at Xavier University, Desiree volunteered with the 2008 Obama presidential campaign in Southwest Ohio. Her experience led to her service in the White House during President Barack Obama’s first presidential term. Following her time at the White House, Desiree worked on Capitol Hill for United States Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Members of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus elected Desiree to serve as their President.

While on Capitol Hill, Desiree advanced important policy issues including reauthorization of the farm bill, minimum wage, affordable child care, healthcare, and climate change. This work solidified her passion for public policy and advocacy for the everyday worker and inspired Desiree to serve in senior advisory roles with the League of Conservation Voters and Child Care Aware.

 

Get to know Desiree

Watch and listen as Desiree recalls an emotional memory of coming to age and realizing the inequality that had been part of her education. That experience left an indelible print on her memory, and would eventually lead her to this moment.