Cheasty comes to PIF from the Children's Defense Fund-Texas, where she served most recently as the Director of Immigration Policy and Advocacy. Prior to that, Cheasty worked on the health care team at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (now Every Texan). Throughout her career, Cheasty's work has focused on the intersection of children’s issues, health care, public benefits, and immigration. She has been a member of the steering committee for PIF since 2018. Cheasty has a Ph.D. in Latin American History (2014) from the University of Texas - Austin; her dissertation was on health care systems in Sandinista Nicaragua. Cheasty completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (2000).