Destiny Drake West, Founder & CEO
Destiny Drake West is the founder and chief executive officer of the Drake Institute of Women’s Policy. She leads research and technology development for the institute and establishes partnerships with civic organizations and members of state legislatures nationwide. She earned a Master of Advanced Study in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine and was awarded the 2017 Dickman Graduate Research Award for Community Engagement.
For her leadership in areas of housing, criminal justice reform, and maternal health policy, Destiny has received numerous congressional awards, including a Certificate of Recognition from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Karen Bass, and a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congresswoman Maxine Waters. She has also been featured as a subject-matter expert on iHeartRadio, Speaker, AMFM Radio Network, YouTube, Mixcloud, iTunes and dozens of podcast sites.
In 2016, Destiny was elected as a Los Angeles City official to serve as co-chair of the Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council, representing 40,000 residents and stakeholders. During her tenure, she wrote and helped pass the council’s first homelessness policy initiative to improve outcomes around crime and vagrancy in the district.
In recent years, Destiny has served as a policy advisor in the office of Congressman Alcee Hastings and as a legislative officer for Prince George’s County Executive, Angela Alsobrooks. She currently serves as the Legislative Director at the Maryland General Assembly for the Prince George’s County Senate Delegation.