Desireé Marshall has been organizing since graduating from college in 2006. Currently the Senior Organizer for FUREEous Youth, the youth organizing project of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), much of her organizing experience is with LGBTQ youth of color and low-income housing residents. As Senior Organizer, she supports the leadership of FUREE's members, bottom-lines base-building and campaign strategy development, as well as coordinates FUREE's Voter Engagement for Empowerment Project.
Desireé earned her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and Philosophy from Hofstra University. She is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing's 2006 Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program. She previously worked at FIERCE as their Lead Organizer, where she helped create curriculum for leadership development, recruited members, and supported leaders in the coordination of two campaigns for safe space for LGBTQ youth of color. She is passionate about social justice, and firmly believes in the leadership of members in the struggle.
She is excited to once again be part of North Star Fund's Community Funding Committee. Desireé has a strong interest in development work and the grant making process. By knowing more about development, she hopes to strengthen the skills of FUREEous Youth members around fundraising and fiscal sustainability.
Desireé is also a Spoken Word poet and makes a mean batch of stuffed pasta shells.