Keshia is a biomedical engineer, STEM education advocate, and social entrepreneur. She is currently a 2017-2019 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). Within CISE, Keshia works directly with the Education & Workforce Program. Specifically, she focuses on innovation ideation to facilitate partnerships between NSF and other entities to explore creative computer science intersections. Additionally, Keshia is an avid STEM education advocate and social entrepreneur. She co-founded ManyMentors, a technology-driven nonprofit, that uses mentoring as a mechanism to increase the representation of women and people of color in the STEM fields. In her role as CEO, she provides strategic guidance for STEM outreach and managerial support. As a social entrepreneur, she has co-founded 3 additional companies ventures in the beauty, biotechnology, and sports industries. She is an experienced strategist and dynamic public speaker.
Keshia received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University Connecticut. At the University of Connecticut Health Center, within the Institute of Regenerative Engineering, she specialized in small molecule and ion-driven bone and blood vessel tissue engineering. Keshia is a passionate change agent, focused on grassroots efforts to broaden participation in STEM through interconnected frameworks that promote access to information and support networks, as well as impacting policies that enhance opportunities for all young people to benefit from STEM education.