Keisha M. Gilliams is a lifelong resident of Waterbury CT, who was born at Waterbury Hospital on February 22, 1974. She attended Sprague and Bucks Hill Elementary School, North End Middle School, and graduated from Crosby High School in 1992. Keisha then attended UConn Waterbury Branch, where she served on the Campus Housing Restoration Committee. In 2008, she graduated from UConn Storrs with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.Keisha was raised, along with her two sisters, by the most influential woman in her life, her mother Oris Gilliams. Her mother instilled in her a great work ethic and was the first person to cultivate her love for numbers.. Unfortunately, her mother passed away from Breast Cancer in 2012.
As a teenager, Keisha became a mother to two beautiful children. Thanks to her village of family and friends, she was able to raise her children into adulthood.
Keisha works for a non-profit agency in Danbury where she manages a Nutrition Program for the Elderly. She has been in this field for over twenty-four years. Additionally, Keisha was a mentor in the Waterbury Public School System, the first African American to lead the East End Community Club in Waterbury as President, and the first African American woman to run for Mayor for the City of Waterbury, not once but twice.
Her platform includes lowering taxes, affordable housing, quality education, term limits for all offices, leaner city, and an overall better quality of life.