Désirée P. Jones-Smith is a senior program manager with the Citizenship and American Identity Program, where she works to build “Who is Us?: A Project on American Identity”. She brings over a decade of commitment to work that grows people and organizations so that they can most effectively build their own communities. Désirée has shared and honed these skills within several leading organizations to include two land-grant universities, a non-profit management services organization, and two regional chambers of commerce. She is a National Boren Scholar and Lyman T. Johnson Fellow – receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky.