Desiré Bennett is a community connector promoting racial justice, women’s empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency. She is a Senior Social Equity Specialist at Design Impact, a nonprofit social innovation firm that uses design to address pressing community issues, equip leaders, and inspire communities. Bennett is also an ambassador for the United State of Women, advancing gender equity in communities across the nation. She has served on several community boards, including the City of Cincinnati’s Gender Equity Taskforce and the Citizen Complaint Authority Board, the Women’s Fund’s Leadership Council, the WCPO 9 News Community Advisory Board, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Community Advisory Committee. She is a former commissioner on the Hamilton County Commission on Women & Girls and a former MLK Coalition vice president. Bennett was awarded the “Outstanding Alumnx Award'' from the University of Cincinnati, where she completed a BA in Journalism and an MA in Communication.