Steve Desir


Steve Desir joined the Education Strategy Group in 2018 to support ESG’s postsecondary transitions portfolio.  As a policy associate, Steve will provide research support and technical assistance to states in building partnerships that will facilitate a seamless postsecondary transition experience for all students.

Prior to joining ESG, Steve served as the Director of College Success for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a charter management organization, in Los Angeles.  In that role, Steve was responsible for providing support to school leaders and support staff in developing school-level strategies for expanding college access and success.  Prior to his time at Alliance, Steve served in a number of administrative roles at Harvard University, Loyola Marymount University, Georgia State University, New York University, and Rutgers.  In these administrative roles Steve was responsible for supervising and providing overall direction for campus wide student success, recruitment, and retention initiatives.

Steve is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education at the University of Southern California. Steve earned a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree in Secondary Education from New York University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from Penn State.

Why are you in this work?

As a first-generation college graduate and former higher education administrator, I have personally witnessed the power of a high quality education to transform the lives of students and their communities.  The opportunity to collaborate with policy makers and educators on developing and designing systems to enhance educational opportunities available to young people is an opportunity for me to pay it forward for the support and assistance that I received from educators who mentored and supported me.

Why ESG?

During my tenure as an educator in higher education and P-12, I recognized that my greatest successes occured when I worked collaboratively with my colleagues across sectors. I joined ESG because of the organization’s commitment to developing cross-sector partnerships that will ensure that all youth and adults have the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary credential of value.

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