Reshma Desai

Strategic Policy Advisor & Project Director

Reshma Desai, is an ICJIA strategic policy advisor and directs the Illinois HEALS federal demonstration grant in the Federal & State Grants Unit. Prior to joining ICJIA, Reshma was the director of grant programs at the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, where she oversaw development and implementation of grant programs addressing childhood exposure to violence, youth development, and community, domestic, and sexual violence. She also served as director of residential services at Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter in Chicago’s South Lawndale community. Reshma has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa.

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