Desiraé Simmons is a co-director with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and a community organizer, activist, and advocate serving in multiple grassroots organizations and coalitions. Desiraé is a founding member of Liberate! Don't Incarcerate, Rising for Economic Democracy in Ypsi, What's Left Ypsi, Untold Stories of Liberation and Love, Citizens for Racial Equity in Washtenaw (CREW), and Michigan Alliance for Justice in Climate (MAJIC). Desirae was a member of the Subcommittee on Housing Affordability and Accessibility through the City of Ypsilanti's Planning Commission and a part of Defend Affordable Ypsi. Currently she serves as the Vice Chair for the Michigan Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, and is a Sustainability Commissioner for the City of Ypsilanti. She graduated from Simmons College with a BA in Public Relations and Marketing Communications and a MS in Communications Management. Her previous work was in higher education and community and government relations for an educational nonprofit.