Staff Members

Keisha Blake

Executive Director, WPEO-NY

As Executive Director of WPEO-NY, Keisha overseas all outreach efforts and develops the organization’s programs and events. Her responsibilities include management of the WBENC Certification Program and certification committee membership, as well as recruitment and retention of Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). She joined WPEO-NY as Regional Director of Certification and Programming.

Keisha’s past work experience includes managing the Screen Actors Guild’s Commercials & Industrials Contracts Division in New York City. She also handled constituency issues for The Office of Senator Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, in Washington, D.C. As an entrepreneur, she managed the European market planning, trend forecasting, budgeting and sourcing for a woman-owned fashion company. Additionally, she has worked as an independent e-commerce and digital marketing strategist.

She volunteers with The Urban League of Southern Connecticut, Habitat for Humanity, New Haven’s Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Liberty Community Services, and the New York Children’s Aid Society.

Keisha graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Spanish. She did research at Oxford University in Refugee Law, has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Cambridge University and holds a Law degree from the University of London.

Keisha is an environmentalist who is particularly concerned with the decreasing bee population and is a budding beekeeper. She supports women entrepreneurs in developing countries through the micro-finance programs of the non-profit Kiva. She serves on the boards of the Supplier Diversity Development Council, the Connecticut Supplier Connection Roundtable and the Advisory Council for the Center for Women in Business at Quinnipiac University.

An avid traveler, Keisha has lived in Cambridge, London and Madrid.