Khanisa Nelson

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator 

A first-generation immigrant, Khanisa spent the majority of her childhood between her hometown of West Palm Beach and her beloved Kingston, Jamaica.

Khanisa graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in criminology and a minor in psychology. While at USF, she interned at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, working with community agencies to offer prevention, intervention and diversion services for at-risk youth.

After graduating, Khanisa continued doing social work, spending several years as a child welfare case manager for the state’s Department of Children and Families and later as a child advocacy manager with the Florida Guardian ad Litem program, which advocates for abused, abandoned and neglected children. It was there that Khanisa found her passion for advocacy, which eventually led her to The Children’s Movement of Florida.

In her spare time, Khanisa enjoys traveling, boxing, attending open-mic events, reading and volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem in Hillsborough County.

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