As Chief Operating Officer for Michael Best Strategies (Strategies), Desmond is responsible for optimizing and executing the team’s organizational strategy. He provides leadership on day-to-day and long-term operational and growth strategies, manages Strategies’ financial operations to ensure profitability, and oversees administrative functions.
Desmond also works closely with Strategies’ leadership team to identify opportunities for strategic growth, facilitating collaborative efforts among the Strategies team, the law firm of Michael Best, organizational partners, and clients.
He has 20 years of experience successfully implementing strategic and operational initiatives that both drive value and enhance the client experience. Before joining Strategies, Desmond was a Performance and Knowledge Management Strategist with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria at the organization’s Switzerland headquarters. He led development of the nonprofit’s long-and short-term business plans, including oversight of nearly $14 billion in grants distributed to over 130 countries. Previously, Desmond was Vice President of Strategy, Product Development, Market Analytics, and Sales Support at Wells Fargo Bank.