Keisha Deonarine was born in Trinidad, stating “our ancestry is Indian, and we have a lot of Indian culture, but we are West Indian or Caribbean Indian. as well.” Her family moved to Brooklyn, NY, when she was 3 years old, and then to Fort Lauderdale, FL, when her parents “realized that there’s a cold winter [in New York].” She came to Louisville in 2012 with her two children because her sister, with whom she’s very close, lives here.
Her background is in banking, economic development, fundraising, and community development. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Passport Foundation. She has served as the Senior Community Health Director for the American Heart Association and prior to that, she was the Economic Development Manager for Louisville Forward, the economic and community branch of Metro Louisville government. As Executive Director for the Passport Foundation, she is focused on developing programs beyond clinical care that improve social determinants of health for people in underserved and low-income communities throughout Kentucky.
Keisha also serves on several local boards, such as the Kentucky Science Center, ElderServe and Neighborhood House. She also volunteers her time with Toys for Tots and the Louisville Ballet. She is currently participating in Leadership Kentucky 2018 and Leadership Louisville 2019.
Please join us on May 23 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown for the 2019 MOSAIC Awards, a dinner event recognizing new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution to their profession and our local and global community. Ms. Deonarine and the other honorees will receive the MOSAIC Award, which symbolizes Multicultural Opportunities for Success and Achievement In our Community. For more information visit: www.jfcslouisville.org/mosaic-awards
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