Desi Carson (they/she/he)
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Desi Carson's journey into Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice (‘IDEAS’) work formally began in middle school when volunteerism in numerous community programs became a central part of their life. From local food drives to teaching soccer to students with disabilities, he consistently saw the need for more hope, compassion, kindness, and love in the world.
An athlete themselves, Desi found sports and recreational activities to be a powerful way to bring people together. Throughout her career running campus recreation programs at the University of Virginia and Valdosta State, as well as overseeing larger adult leagues and children's programs through AmeriCorps, Desi found creative and meaningful ways to infuse IDEAS principles into every facet of their work. This passion naturally dovetailed into other pursuits to bring people together and support those in need, including creating large-scale community events, holding queer-friendly talk spaces on college campuses, operating anonymous mental health hotlines, speaking at conferences and on panels examining the role of intersectionality in advancing IDEAS, and directing multiple sports at the Special Olympics.
Always determined to bring his varied interests together, Desi now holds the position of Director of Programs and Partnerships at IDEAS Generation. At IDEAS Generation, Desi leads the design and implementation of the organizations’ leadership and community development programs designed to connect, support, and elevate the next generation of IDEAS leaders. She also spearheads the organization's efforts to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with other IDEAS-minded leaders and organizations to scale collective impact.
Their specialties lie in writing, speaking, coaching, and program development centered around intersectionality, mental health advocacy, human-centered compassion, and a commitment to radically redefining professionalism. There's never a dull moment with Desi and he loves connecting with new people, so don't hesitate to reach out!
When he’s not working, you’ll find them either traveling with their partner or playing with his adorable pets.