Isha L. Haley ’09

Managing Director for Development & Operations

Isha Haley, NUF ’09 is the Managing Director of Operations and Development. In this role, Haley is be responsible for fundraising and general management responsibilities. As a native of Yonkers, New York, she has worked, lived, and traveled extensively across the country and throughout the world. Her work ethic, drive, and infectious personality, have allowed her gifts and talents to transcend political views, geographical locations, and religious affiliations. She started her professional career as a New York City Teaching Fellow at Dewitt Clinton High School. To date, Isha believes her time as a teacher is what continues to fuel her passion for public service and what ignited her interest in National Urban Fellows initially.

Since graduating from National Urban Fellows in 2009, Isha has made a significant impact in the public sector as a serial entrepreneur. As a fellow, Isha was assigned to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), where Greg Richmond served as her mentor. At her mentorship placement, Isha quickly advanced, and was offered a full-time job as a Development Manager where her exceptional fundraising and partnership skills were honed.

Over the last ten years, Isha’s boutique consulting practice (L3 Administrators) has worked with nonprofits and government entities creating programs, managing complex public-private partnerships, and raising over $7million dollars in private and government funding across the country. Her most recent work in Indiana (No More Secrets) dubbed her Indiana’s 2018 business professional to watch, and landed her a role as a radio show host on WJOB-1230am in Indiana. Isha’s clients have included but is not limited to: The City of Poughkeepsie, NY; North Township Trustee’s Office; Notre Dame University; Miami Urban League; Development without Limits; Pinellas County Urban League; New York City Office of Youth Development; City of Denver-Make Your Mark initiative; BAEO- Black Alliance for Educational Options; Northwest Indiana Security and Sharing Alliance.

Isha has attained her Masters in Urban Education from Mercy College in New York and her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and Rotary International. She is the mother of a beautiful “dog-daughter” named Bliss, and enjoys writing, poetry, and dancing. “I am ecstatic to join National Urban Fellows as the Managing Director of Operations & Development under the leadership of Miguel Garcia. I am honored and humbled to serve a leader and organization that has significantly impacted my professional career.”