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Taishya Adams

AFFILIATION: Mukuyu Collective, Black in Marine Science, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

TITLE: CEO at Mukuyu, Board Member at Black in Marine Science, Commissioner at CPW

LOCATION: Colorado


EXPERTISE AREA: Black/African-American Communities, Conservation, DEIJ, Ocean Justice, Outdoors/Recreation, Sustainability, Water


Taishya (she/her) is a servant leader focused on collective liberation and stewardship through community building, personal transformation, and systems change. After 30+ years at the intersections of education, health, workforce, science, and environment, Taishya founded the Mukuyu Collective, LLC to transform systems through policy, programs, and play.
Taishya also serves as a commissioner to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs; serves on the board of Black in Marine Science; serves on the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council; and serves on the Colorado Natural Areas Council.

Prior to the Collective, Taishya served as the National Policy & Education Director and Colorado Network Co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a national network that celebrates and inspires Black American connections to nature and leadership. Taishya also worked at American Institutes for Research as an Educational Equity Specialist and trainer; the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools providing technical assistance and trainings on school design, accountability systems, evaluation, and governance, the DC Public Charter School Board providing non-academic and academic oversight and training, and the Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools where she began her career at the Alex Haley Farm in 1995 serving Black communities through summer and after school enrichment programs. Taishya is the founding Board President of New Legacy Charter School, a public charter high school and early learning center in Aurora, Colorado. Taishya holds a MA in International Education from George Washington University and a BA from Vassar College in Political Science and Film.


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