Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Niesha Minnifield has lived and worked within urban and metro areas all her career.
While attending Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn NY, Niesha worked on various hospitality design projects which helped to develop her knowledge around how material applications can create the ultimate customer experience. After gaining her BFA in Interior Design, Niesha began freelancing for boutique firms like Design Schemes at Home and Courtney Sloane Design. She later branched out to be a design consultant for her own company BYOND Interiors where she worked as a design consultant for home buyers.
After relocating back to Cleveland from New York, Niesha began her work with the nonprofit Youth Opportunities Unlimited. As a job coach for this organization, Niesha mentored youth between the ages of 14-24 to help them prepare for the workforce. Through this opportunity, Niesha began to recognize the need for educating young adults around work programs and post-secondary options.
Throughout her career in education Niesha has gained experience working on government grants, one which included recruiting and developing programs for TRIO’s Talent Search. She has led the Top 50 students at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District through the admission process for some of the most selective schools as a College Access Advisor for College Now Niesha has also worked as a Career Development Specialist for Lorain County Community College where she helped a group of students prepare for gaining credentials in the areas of IT and Manufacturing.
Within all of Niesha’s many roles, the theme that remains consistent is her dedication towards service. She is passionate about gathering information and sharing resources for underrepresented populations to have choices that lead to opportunities. As the new Program Coordinator for the Donald Payne Fellowship Niesha hopes to continue to bridge the gap between underrepresented students in spaces of international development.