Keisha Kirkland is a seasoned communications and community outreach professional with over 10+ years of experience in strategic communications, community outreach and engagement, and digital communications—including managing social platforms, strategic branding, community outreach, and a broad range of public relations and social branding.
She also has considerable experience in assembling and managing alliances to meet communications and public affairs goals. In 2016, Keisha joined the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, a governmental agency located in the District of Columbia where she managed community outreach initiatives, external digital campaigns, social platforms, developed press releases, designed communication plans and strategies for new services and was appointed by the DCCOA (DC Code Official Association) Deputy Communications administrator for the District’s Association. Keisha has also played a key role in ensuring that the launch of the agency’s new brand was thoroughly developed, implemented, and communicated to businesses, residents, and visitors.
Additionally, she worked at the University of the District of Columbia as an outreach coordinator and consultant. Under her leadership, she was able to develop the Expungement Program in conjunction with the DC Public Defender’s Office. Through this program, she was able to help thousands of District residents on welfare obtain employment by breaking the criminal record barrier.
Keisha is a community organizer at heart with a passion for youth and community elders. She prides herself on being a “humbled resource”. Originally from Conway, South Carolina, She is connected to her Gullah roots by her mother who was born and raised in Georgetown, South Carolina. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), (the American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA) Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Keisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Mass Communications with a minor in Broadcast Journalism with a focus in Public Relations and a Master’s in Public Administration from The University of the District of Columbia. She is the mother of three beautiful boys, Romeo, Ezra and Adwa, her pride and joys. Keisha applies her favorite quote by Dr. Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”