Dr. LaKeisha Cook
Director, Corporate, Nonprofit, Government
Through her work in criminal justice reform, LaKeisha provided leadership in community organizing and advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty in state of Virginia. Drawing from her experience in racial equity, she centered race in the advocacy campaign that highlighted the connection between Virginia’s history of lynching and racial oppression. Her work resulted in Virginia becoming the first state in the south to end capital punishment.
In her current role within the Corporate/Nonprofit/Government sector of Courageous Conversation®, she facilitates customized leadership development (LEADS – Leadership for Equity and Anti-Racist Development) focused on building and strengthening will, skill, knowledge and capacity for racial equity transformation for executive teams including the senior leadership teams of AdCouncil and Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners.
Dr. Cook is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor concentration in Religious Studies and a Master’s of Divinity. She also earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. In the fall of 2012, she completed her studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her Doctorate of Ministry degree as a Gardner C. Taylor fellow.
She currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her family.