Kemi Ilesanmi

EMPA-Public Service Leaders - 2012

Executive Director
The Laundromat Project
Kemi Ilesanmi

How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?

My experience as a student at Wagner was stimulating, boundary-stretching, and actually kind of fun! I loved learning new things as well as putting names and theories to things I had known all along. I met some wonderful people and felt better prepared to make the change I want to see in the world.

How did you find your first post-Wagner job?

I worked throughout my time at Wagner. A few months after graduation, I became a first-time Executive Director of an organization that I knew well as a former board member. However, without Wagner, I never would have had the confidence to tackle such a challenging yet satisfying "stretch" assignment!

What are the advantages of the Wagner alumni network?

I have a Wagner alumna on my board and my current benefit gala chair is also an alumnus. In my work, I meet Wagner alumni on a regular basis as partners, supporters, and colleagues. The Wagner alumni network has been invaluable in my professional success!