Director of Family Engagement, American Federation for Children
Denisha Merriweather is the Director of Family Engagement at the American Federation for Children (AFC). AFC is the largest school choice advocacy group in America dedicated to empowering families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children. Denisha previously served as School Choice and Youth Liaison to the Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
Denisha is a Florida tax-credit scholarship graduate. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science. She has worked for the Duval County Public School system as a teacher’s assistant for children with special needs and as an afterschool youth instructor for the Police Athletic League (PAL).
Along the way, Denisha has become a national symbol for school choice, headlining events with Florida governors and other advocates for school choice. She has shared her story across the country and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PragerU, and Fox News. She has also appeared in public service announcements promoting school choice, served as a guest speaker for National School Choice Week, the State of the Union address and more.