Kisha BirdSenior Policy Analyst & Project Director Policy Expertise disadvantaged youth; youth development; youth workforce policy
Ms. Bird is senior policy analyst with the Youth Policy team at CLASP, where her work is focused on youth development and youth workforce policy. She is also the project director for the Campaign for Youth (CFY), a national coalition co-chaired by CLASP and the National Youth Employment Coalition. Ms. Bird leads CFY's effort to raise awareness of and increase federal investment in the more than 5 million young people in this nation who are disconnected from education, employment and opportunity. Previously, Ms. Bird was the project director for the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, a collaborative of diverse state, regional and local partners dedicated to improving the availability and quality of afterschool programs through advocacy and capacity building. As a program officer at The Philadelphia Foundation, she helped to develop and manage the Foundation's Fund for Children, Youth Advisory Board, and discretionary grants process. Her portfolio included strategic investments for older youth, youth development and civic engagement, and issues affecting other vulnerable populations, including women and immigrants. She also has direct service experience, working in various community settings with children, youth and families. Ms. Bird holds a Master of Social Service and a Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Spelman College. She is a graduate of the Education Policy Fellowship Program, a joint program of the Institute for Educational Leadership and the Pennsylvania Education Policy Leadership Center.