Since 2012, Kesi has worked with parents and youth in communities of color, building campaigns to fight for educational justice in our public school systems. Kesi is currently the lead organizer at Make the Road New York.
He has provided research, facilitation, outreach and organizing assistance for the New York City A+ Coalition and the P.S. 2013 campaign. Both campaigns were designed to challenge education policies that were negatively impacting students and families in New York City, and to shape New York City’s 2013 Mayoral election around an education vision shared by the community.
As coordinator for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform’s Community Organizing and Engagement department, he supported the work of community organizations across the country working on equitable solutions for improving schools, such as sustainable community schools and ending the school-to-prison pipeline.
Previously, Kesi has held positions as the project coordinator for the Right to Vote Campaign housed at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, and in workforce development, facilitating skill-building workshops for formerly incarcerated individuals and residents of New York City’s public housing.