Norisha Kirts is an experienced development and communications professional with expertise in fundraising, planning, project management, public outreach, community and public relations, and data analysis and research. Norisha is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
A renaissance woman in her own right, Norisha brings her unique skill set to bear on special projects with Emergent Method. In addition, she owns and operates NRK Construction, a fully licensed general and specialty contractor firm. Norisha joined the team in 2015 after previously serving as director of development for the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, where she led a number of key initiatives on behalf of the college focused on collaboration with business and industry stakeholders. Most recently, Norisha led the energy initiative in conjunction with the dean, faculty, and industry executives and launched an energy program for students to meet the hiring needs of the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry.
Prior to her work at LSU, Norisha served as the director of development at Education Pioneers – a national organization based out of San Francisco that recruits, develops, and connects professionals to solve educational challenges both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, Norisha worked in Washington, D.C., as the manager of annual giving at the SEED Foundation, the nation’s first urban public boarding school, where she supported the fundraising efforts to launch a second school in Baltimore.
Norisha is active in the Baton Rouge community. She serves as board president of THRIVE, Louisiana’s first public boarding school specifically targeted to serve students from underserved populations, and is active in the Junior League of Baton Rouge, where she has led several projects and key initiatives.
Norisha is a 2015 graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Leadership Baton Rouge program, a community leadership program designed to identify and grow leaders throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area. In 2014, she was named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” list, recognizing outstanding men and women under 40 in the greater Baton Rouge area who are influencing decisions, capturing the entrepreneurial spirit, and balancing bottom-line results with involvement in community and charitable activities.
A native of Tioga, Louisiana, Norisha received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication as well as her Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a focus in nonprofit management from Louisiana State University. Norisha is an alumnus of the class of 2003 of Leadership LSU, “a program for students preparing to leave the university and seek leadership roles in communities where they will live and work.”