Garnesha Ezediaro has over two decades of experience serving as a catalyst for individual, community and organizational transformation. With a passion for agility, Garnesha has worked across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to design, direct and scale mission-focused programs and content that inspire change and build brands. She currently leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' Greenwood Initiative – an effort to accelerate the pace of wealth accumulation for Black individuals and families and address systemic underinvestment in Black communities.
Prior to her current role, Garnesha led Global Leadership Development Programs at Verizon Media – restoring the function after a corporate merger to deliver training and targeted development programs for over 12,000 employees. Her career in public service includes serving as a Senior Program Officer for Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies; the Communications Director and spokesperson for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and as Director of Marketing at Brick City Development Corporation in Newark, NJ under the leadership of former Mayor Cory Booker.
Garnesha serves on the boards of The Center for an Urban Future, Prosperity Now, Step Up and The Current Project. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University with a double undergraduate major in Public Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics and Government. Garnesha is a trained facilitator with over 15 years of experience and holds coaching certifications for the Leadership Circle Profile, Insights Discovery, and the Energy Leadership Index.
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