Keisha Deonarine serves as the inaugural Executive Director for the Passport Foundation, focusing on developing programs beyond clinical care that improve social determinants of health for people in underserved and low-income communities throughout Kentucky.
Prior to her new position, Keisha served as the Senior Community Health Director for the American Heart Association in the Kentucky market. In her role, Keisha worked to create, develop, and initiate strategies focusing on social determinants of health and drove positive health changes in underserved and low-income populations.
In addition, Keisha was Economic Development Manager at Louisville Forward, focusing on the Lifelong Wellness and Aging Care Strategy. Keisha managed successful economic development projects, including the landing of the Evolent Medicaid Center of Excellence’s headquarters in January 2016, ONCO360’s new Louisville headquarters, and Kindred Healthcare’s $39 million expansion in 2015.
While at Louisville Forward, Keisha located more than $200 million in project investments, worked with over 70 health care start-up companies through expansion and helped bring more than 6,000 jobs to Louisville. Keisha was the lead coordinator of the Louisville Innovation Summit, which focused on aging innovation strategies for over 400 national and international attendees.
Keisha is an innovation coach for XLerate Health, board member of Kentucky Science Center, Neighborhood House, ElderServe and NAMI Louisville. Keisha will complete Leadership Kentucky 2018 and Leadership Louisville 2019. She has completed several local and national leadership programs in her career, including Welcome Academy 2017, SISGI Leadership Group, Ignite Louisville, Leadership Oldham County, and Wells Fargo Leadership. She has two children and enjoys the ballet, the arts, and spending time with family and friends.