Deesha Dyer served as the White House Social Secretary for U.S. President Barack Obama from 2015 to 2017. She is currently a Fall 2019 Residential Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. At 29, Dyer returned to her studies, this time at the Community College of Philadelphia. In 2007, her first year at college, Barack Obama was beginning to make waves in the Democratic primary. Dyer had never been deeply interested in electoral politics, but Obama’s campaign struck a chord with her passion for activism.