Alumni in Focus: Imani Ross, BA ‘19

From leading multicultural initiatives at GW to shaping the future of public health equity as a consultant at Deloitte, Imani Ross, BA ‘19, draws on her core values of helping others and working hard to guide her path forward.

December 21, 2022

Imani Ross

Where did you grow up and how has your background influenced you today?

I was born and raised in North Philadelphia with a dance professor for a mother, a bedridden father who suffered from sickle cell anemia and a precocious younger brother. My upbringing taught me a lot. The power of going after your dreams because life is too short. The skill it takes to be a hard worker, and the beauty of always helping others because you never know when you'll need the help too. These core values and lessons have brought me a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Tell us about your current professional role and why it excites you.

I currently consult in the federal health space supporting various clients on public health issues related to health equity and DEI. Health is deeply political, and as a political science major I get to bring my background in understanding politics to a new lane of public health -- health equity. I am extremely passionate about supporting all groups and identities receiving the best and equitable access to healthcare. I am extremely proud of the work I am doing and the career path I have been blessed to be on.

What accomplishment are you most proud of personally or professionally and why?

In 2020, I launched a mentorship community for Black professionals, Peerhood Development LLC, helping Black professionals match with mentors, experiences, and resources to thrive in their career. I am so proud of this work because it stems from my work in undergrad to help bridge the gap between Black students and the opportunities they deserve. We are currently supporting 30 Black professionals (and counting!) across D.C., L.A., and Atlanta in their careers. 

What is a fun fact about you that you'd like to share?

I started the Women of Color Affinity in District House when it first opened. I named it the McCartney House in honor of Leah Brock McCartney, the first Black woman to graduate from GW in 1954. I hope that legacy continues to be an opportunity for women of color to have a safe space to be themselves authentically.

Was there a standout course, professor, or organization from your time as a student that inspired your career path?

Michael Tapscott was not only a pillar in the GW community but was a personal mentor, friend and chosen family member. Tapscott pushed and encouraged me in so many ways. I would not have run for student government without him. I would not have won the Black Alumni Association Impact award without him. I would not have won the MLK award without him. I would not be the person I am today without him. His wisdom, candor and mentorship I will forever be indebted to.

What is a piece of advice you would offer to students?

Be curious. Never be afraid to ask questions and seek information from the SOURCE. I limited a lot of opportunities by listening to peers who had never done the job and only knew about things from word of mouth. Had I spent more time being curious about opportunities I would've found consulting a lot earlier.