LaKimba DeSadierExecutive Director
LAKIMBA B. DESADIER is the Executive Director of HEAL Inc. She believes that access to information and access to capable, qualified healthcare is essential for the overall health of everyone, and is pleased that this role will enable me to fulfill this mission. LaKimba also currently serves as the Indiana State Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky (PPAINK) and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), where she leads a team to develop and execute all aspects of PPINK/PPAINK’s work in Indiana, including legislative advocacy, civic engagement, and building robust organizing programs and strategic political campaigns.
She has extensive experience in the public policy arena spending approximately two decades in driving policy agendas that improve communities of color and the under served across the United States. Her strategic and collaborative relationships across the US with key stakeholders including community members, business leaders, and elected and appointed decision makers ensures HEAL’s mission will be impactful across all sectors.
Previously, LaKimba served as the Executive Director of The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) in Washington, DC. For more than 12 years she served as NBCSL’s spokesperson and liaison with several coalition partners, with her primary focus being to educate and empower legislators across the United States. Since moving back to Indiana, she has held several positions in which she helped to advocate and advance the needs of public education for children in Indianapolis.
Understanding the importance of community engagement and advocacy, LaKimba will build on that work as HEAL Collaborative Executive Director and uplift underserved communities while advocating strong public health policies no matter their income or zip code.