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Tynesha McHarris

TyneshaIMG_1122webTynesha McHarris is a Fellow for the foundation’s Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights initiative.

Tynesha engages her work fueled by the desire to see the ideals of truth and justice actualized in the lives and conditions of every young person that she encounters. She brings over a decade of experience advocating for racial and gender justice in movements and organizations across the country. Tynesha has worked extensively with foundations, community organizations and young people that seek to challenge the systems and institutions that perpetuate inequity.

Before joining NoVo, Tynesha served as Director of Program at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she led community engagement efforts and helped the foundation design and implement its new core program strategy. Previously, she was Director of Programs and Community Engagement at Newark Trust for Education, Director of Community Programming for PENewark, and Newark Program Director for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Tynesha has completed post-graduate training in Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Executive Education Program as well as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Creative Leadership’s Executive Education Program. She is on the board of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and Art & Abolition.

In her free time, Tynesha enjoy thrift store shopping and eating chocolate and hazelnut everythings.

“I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable.” –Audre Lorde