Ketisha is an organizational strategist who embraces the hashtag – #bethelight, leads by example, and lives by the motto: to whom much is given, much is required. Ketisha has over 15 years of professional program and relationship management experience, with certified expertise in project management, Lean Six Sigma process improvement, restorative practices, and change management methodologies.
Ketisha’s public and private sector contributions prior to reconnecting with APS include: advancing the start-up structure, strategy, and significance of Georgia State University’s emerging policy research center – Georgia Policy Labs by strengthening authentic partner engagement among its five (5) founding Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education (MAPLE) school districts and managing its 20+ project research portfolio; leading high impact district-wide initiatives within the Organizational Advancement Division and the Strategic Project Management Office (SPMO) of Atlanta Public Schools; executing Global Philanthropy operations and signature Corporate Social Responsibility programs for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation like The Fellowship Initiative; as well as providing opportunities for higher education and cultural institutions to access capital improvement solutions in the Public Finance Division of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
She is a graduate of the Bank One/JPMC Scholars Program – a prestigious management development fellowship for aspiring leaders in global financial services as well as The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Results Count™ Leadership Program, which promotes positive, measurable change toward a brighter tomorrow for children and families.
Ketisha is a lifelong learner. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Actuarial Science/Risk Management from the Howard University School of Business (HUSB) in Washington, DC and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Marketing, Statistics/Econometrics, & Organizational Behavior from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business in Chicago, IL. Additionally, Ketisha has earned numerous Executive Education industry certifications from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), Prosci®, Project Management Institute (PMI), and beyond.
Why Ketisha chose diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work at APS? The truth is it chose her. Ketisha’s lived experience is a case study in the liberating potential of educational equity realized. Like Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, she too was a young girl bused to school via a local Minority-to-Majority (M-to-M) desegregation effort. While grateful for the foundational college preparation her high school opportunity afforded, this experience undeniably shaped her economic view of the world and profoundly sparked her journey toward being the change she wanted to see for future generations. As a first-generation college graduate of a storied HBCU with a legacy of truth and service and alumna of a top tier research institution with an ethos that promotes impact and inquiry, Ketisha has never lost sight of system-level equity’s calling on her life’s work. It is a common core of her entire career arc and since “Atlanta influences everything.” there is no better place to continue this work than home.
Fun Fact: As an Atlanta native, Ketisha was selected to perform as a butterfly in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics hosted in Atlanta, GA.