Desire Johnson-Forte is the Program Associate of the Urban Strategies Council Transformative Pathways work readiness and leadership development training program. She is also the founding Executive Director of BIZ Stoop, an Oakland, CA based social enterprise. Launched in 2015, with her vision to exponentially increase Black/BIPOC expectancy – beyond the age of 25 by way of equitable access. BIZ Stoop has served beyond its home county of Alameda to conduct resource access to youth across the state of California.


Desire’s civic interest include: social-historical awareness; self determination & sovereignty; ending youth homelessness; economic justice; equitable access to culturally relevant wellness services; and advocacy for survivors. She is growing deeper awareness on sustainable workforce development for the now and  future, maximizing professional network, and attracting adequate resources to scale and charter the many programs she supports.


Ultimately, Desire wants to continue to support the youth, young adults, and BIPOC leaders of today to build their own community institutions that serve the needs of the people.