Manisha is the Program Director at Alabama Possible and directs all of the poverty education and educational attainment programs. She is instrumental in the launch of Alabama College Attainment Network (Alabama Possible is the backbone agency for this private-public partnership collaboration) whose mission is to increase college and career readiness, access, and completion in Alabama, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color. She joins Alabama Possible following 15 years’ service at Miles College as the director of student activities, first-year enrichment program manager, and English instructor.
She also worked as an advertising manager and editor at the Times of India. Manisha earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from BJB College in Bhubaneswar, India, and a master’s in English from Utkal University Bhubaneswar, India. Manisha is on the board of Girls on the Run, which uses a fun, research-based curriculum that creatively integrates running to inspire every girl to reach her limitless potential, not just for the length of their program, but for life. When Manisha is not campaigning for equitable education/workforce opportunities in Alabama or advocating for Girls on the Run, she enjoys playing tennis and running. She lives in Homewood, Alabama, with her husband Anoop, and two children Annikah (daughter) and Adesh (son).