Garnesha Ezediaro is currently the lead of the Greenwood Initiative at Bloomberg Philanthropies – an effort to accelerate the pace of wealth accumulation for Black individuals and families, and to address decades of underinvestment in Black communities nationwide. Garnesha is a proven leader with over a decade of experience serving as a catalyst for individual, community, and organizational growth. With a dedicated passion for transformation, Garnesha has worked across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to design experiences, programs and content that inspires mission-focused, human-led innovation.
Garnesha returned to Bloomberg Philanthropies after serving as National Director for Black Outreach for the Mike for Black America Campaign. Prior to the campaign Garnesha worked in the media and technology sector where she served in Global Leadership Development Programs at Verizon Media – partnering with a dynamic team to deliver trainings and targeted development programs for over 11,000 employees globally. Her years of public service also include serving in strategic communications for the Government Innovation portfolio at Bloomberg Philanthropies, a unique program to support mayors and other city leaders in strengthening local governments around the world. Garnesha also served as Communications Director and spokesperson for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and as Director of Marketing at Brick City Development Corporation in Newark, NJ under the leadership of former Mayor Cory Booker.
Garnesha received a Bachelor of Arts from American University with a double undergraduate major in Public Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics and Government. Garnesha also studied at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in Public and Nonprofit Management and holds a Certificate of Public Performance Management from Rutgers University- Newark. Garnesha is trained facilitator with over 15 years of experience and is currently enrolled in an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coaches training program at IPEC. She holds certifications for the Leadership Circle Profile, Insights Discovery, and the Energy Leadership Index.