Educator, advocate, and community organizer.
Taunya is a 6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in San Jose, CA. She also serves on the Executive Board for the San Jose Teachers Association as the Minority Affairs Director, where she has worked to organize members in establishing an Equity Team to build inclusion and advocacy on issues pertaining to people of color and other marginalized groups within the Association and greater community.
As the At-Large State Council Representative for the California Teachers Association (CTA), representing Santa Clara County, Taunya works diligently alongside members of the Civil Rights in Education Committee to make recommendations on legislation, write, amend, and vote on policy that directly impacts educators and students in California. She also represents the CTA African-American Caucus on the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, an advisory committee to the CTA Board that focuses on the inclusion and accurate representation of all matters pertaining to people of color.
Prior to her work in public education, Taunya spent several years on Capitol Hill working in Policy & Training for the D.C. Attorney General's Office, constructing and facilitating training courses and collaborating with Assistant Attorney General's to research and draft policy for the Child Support Division.
Taunya is currently working on her doctorate in education at San Jose State University. She received her MA in Journalism from Regent University and her BA in Political Science from San Diego State University.