Taunya Black holds an B.A in Urban Studies and Dance from Barnard College, a B.A in Creative Writing from SUNY, Empire State College, and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute for Integral Studies. She is the co-founder of The Mosaic Collaborative, LLC, a consulting company dedicated to bringing awareness to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to non-profit and for-profit spaces. Additionally, Taunya coaches individual clients and manages Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives at The Pacific Center for Human Growth.
Having spent over a decade working in educational non-profits, Taunya is a seasoned leader in the non-profit, and equity and inclusion sectors. She is passionate about empowering children, families and communities. Through her work as an Executive and Program Director with Brooklyn Friends School, Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School, and BUILD, Taunya developed the necessary skill sets to establish, implement and assess program elements and systems for effectiveness; develop and manage budgets; effectively hire, train and supervise staff across disciplines; and promote collaboration between various stakeholders. These professional skills were further honed during her time as a strategic management consultant for The Public Equity Group.
After over a decade working in non-profit educational contexts, Taunya completed a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in order to better integrate mental health into non-profit and other settings. She currently fuses her expertise in non-profit program design, implementation and management with her training as a Marriage and Family therapist to bring a unique approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. Taunya has worked with various organizations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, including Brooklyn Friends School and The California Institute of Integral Studies, The Public Equity Group and The Bridgespan Group. Some of her other work includes participating in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task forces at various educational institutions, lecturing on multiculturalism for graduate level psychology courses, and collaborating on content for keynotes.
Taunya is an avid reader, dancer and writer who brings a balance of creativity and strategic thinking to all of her endeavors. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, when not working she enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her 12-year old daughter and her fiance. Taunya is excited to join the Acta Non Verba family and eager to help support the important work of this organization.