Desiré Bennett

Senior Social Equity Specialist

Ask Desiré what kind of world she wants to create and she’ll have two answers: where people have what they need and where kindness is a movement.

Desiré is a community connector promoting racial justice, women’s empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency. As a Senior Social Equity Specialist, Desiré frequently draws on her background in social justice advocacy and facilitation to ensure DI is continuously focused on equity, both in our work with partners and in our storytelling efforts.  

Beyond DI, Desiré is an ambassador for United State of Women, one of 22 women across the country collectively advancing gender equity in our communities. A frequent public speaker, she often shares her journey from teenaged single mother and high school dropout to completing a postgraduate degree and working as a social  justice advocate. She also serves on several boards, including the City of Cincinnati’s Gender Equality Taskforce, the Hamilton County Commission on Women & Girls, and the MLK Coalition. She holds a BA in Journalism, a Certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and an MA in Communication.  Follow Desiré’s Accidental Advocate Adventures at

Creative Outlets:  Traveling, brisk walks or runs, being outside in general, or ice skating, and Instagram 
Causes: gender equity, pay equity, women’s and girls’ empowerment, racial justice, racial equity

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