Keyanna Ortiz-Cedeño has been proximate to and engaged with homelessness and child well-being since early childhood, as a volunteer, as an advocate, and through the work and lived experiences of her loved ones. Keyanna is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Peace and Conflict Studies.
She began volunteering with Family Promise of Delaware County her freshman year, and organized student volunteerism on campus. She is also an alumni of the School for International Training’s International Honors Program (IHP), where she participated in experiential, human rights–oriented urban planning coursework in New York City, São Paulo, Barcelona, and Cape Town. Before joining Family Promise, Keyanna engaged with homelessness and housing insecurity from many vantage points, interning with the Government National Mortgage Association and the National Coalition for the Homeless in D.C., volunteering with Corpus Christi’s Habitat for Humanity and Metro Ministries, and rehabilitating homes with All Hands And Hearts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As an Affiliate Services Associate at Family Promise, Keyanna researches, implements, and oversees the development of resources for homelessness prevention, diversion, and graduate support services for Family Promise’s 200+ Affiliates. This materializes in her assemblance of best practices, management of national pilot programs, and conduction of trainings in these three key areas. Towards these goals, Keyanna manages organizational partnerships with Clayton Homes, The Synchrony Foundation, Kiddie Academy, and Help Us Move In (HUMI).
Keyanna has an identical twin sister, brother, and two spunky dachshunds back in her small, coastal hometown of Portland, Texas. Outside of work, she enjoys watching novellas to “practice her Spanish”, bachata and salsa dancing, and participating in politics and racial justice initiatives.