Desirée Pearl Orr is the Research and Program Analyst at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She will be primarily responsible for assisting with managing CPAR programming and conducting general research and writing that will play a key role in advancing CPAR research agenda and initiatives.
Ms. Orr joins CBCF with an interdisciplinary background in human security and the legal field. Most recently, Desiree managed various projects for clients in the technology and healthcare sectors as an immigration paralegal. In that role, she analyzed legislative and regulatory changes to U.S. labor and immigration policy and liaised with companies and beneficiaries to relay complex policy changes while maintaining positive working relationships.
Before working in immigration, Ms. Orr studied Global Affairs at George Mason University with a focus on human security and the Arabic language. In addition to her studies, she facilitated campus and community policy change in her involvement in student organizations. Ms. Orr honed her policy research skills at Roosevelt at Mason, the University’s largest and most active non-partisan student policy organization. Her chapter hosted a regional conference that welcomed six other chapters to strategize on policy goals, plan lobbying events in Richmond, Virginia and engage with local, state and federal elected officials.
Additionally, Ms. Orr assisted in publishing student policies in the Roosevelt Institute’s 10 Ideas journal. During this time, Ms. Orr was selected to be a member of the University’s Global Health Fellowship program, where she researched human rights and global health ethics with a small team of students from George Mason University‘s law campus. During the fellowship program, she supplemented her studies with internships in the international trade sector at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and development organizations such as Peace Corps.
Ms. Orr is the founder and leader of Tea & Policy, a non-partisan policy research group for women that provides a forum to discuss issues such as education, health and energy and identify ways to get more involved in those issues.
In 2007, Ms. Orr relocated from Long Island, New York and currently lives in Reston, Virginia. She is happily engaged to fellow Mason alum Jared Theodros Solomon and is looking forward to celebrating their wedding in July 2021.