Desmond Diggs obtained an MSc in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a capstone externship at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Education Directorate in Paris, France. He completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Desmond returned to Liberia in 2010 after a 20-year sojourn away from the country due to an extended civil war that killed over 250,000 Liberians and forced his family to leave the country in 1990. His goal was to determine the feasibility of Teach For Liberia and lay the groundwork for the organization, all while reintegrating himself into his home country.
Desmond has led multiple teacher trainings in coordination with the Ministry of Education, Open Society in West Africa, and local civil society organizations, and has trained over 500 local teachers of varying skill levels. He is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholar and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Desmond is also a seasoned evaluator with mixed-methods research experience in the health, education, and economic sectors.