First changemaking experience: For the first week of pre-school I took care of a girl who refused to talk anyone. She has been my friend for life.
Favorite family tradition: Dance parties.
What motivates you? My team.
Favorite quote: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell
Tia has been at Ashoka for almost two decades. She is the Executive Director of Youth Years US where she is working towards creating an “everyone a changemaker world”- a world in which we all feel powerful enough to create change day to day. Grounded in early experience in the Middle East, Tia has pioneered the expansion of programs in twenty countries including creation of franchise and licensing models. Innovative strategies spark youth to develop skills in the area of problem solving, team building, and entrepreneurial skill sets, creating the workforce and life skills required for the rapidly changing world. Core to her work has been partnership development and management including companies such as Starbucks, Adobe, Nike and T-Mobile along with public organizations ranging from teachers unions to university campuses.