As the Education and Outreach Specialist for the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) program, Liyah Desher manages and implements educational programs and outreach services to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other organizations throughout New York State.
Prior to joining the DHPSNY Staff in 2021, Liyah worked as the Preservation Services Assistant at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA). She has worked for various collecting institutions such as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Museum of the American Revolution, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 2018, Liyah received a fellowship placement with Drexel University's Urban Sexuality Lab, where she created the LGBTQ Philadelphia Historical Places Database. Liyah earned her BA in Communication and History from Drexel University.