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.