Kalisha Dessources Figures

Kalisha Dessources
Graduate Policy Fellow

Kalisha Dessources Figures

Kalisha Dessources Figures is a PhD student in Sociology at Yale University, and a Dean’s Emerging Scholar at the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Her research interests lie at the intersection of race and gender, urban poverty, and social policy, with specific focus on the ways in which the education and justice systems produce inequality for youth of color.  

Before her doctoral studies at Yale, Kalisha served three years as a political appointee in the Obama White House, most recently as Policy Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls. There, she directed the policy portfolio on women and girls of color, and worked on a range of issues including school discipline, juvenile justice reform, STEM education and teen/unplanned pregnancy.  Kalisha also previously served as a math and science teacher in Philadelphia, and as the director of a philanthropic initiative across women’s foundations. She is co-author of YES SHE CAN: 10 Stories of Hope and Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House. 

Kalisha is a proud Haitian-American and a proud New Yorker. She is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S., 2012) and The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (M.S.Ed., 2014)