Taishya Adams is a servant leader focused on collective liberation and stewardship through trust building, personal transformation, and systems change. Taishya is the National Policy Director and Colorado Co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a nationwide network that inspires Black American connections to nature and leadership. As Policy Director, Taishya engages with our leaders, networks, policymakers, and partners on education, health, and environmental policies affecting Black people, Black communities, and the planet. Taishya also serves as a commissioner to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The commission is a citizen board, appointed by the Governor, which sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. Previously, Taishya worked at American Institutes for Research as an Educational Equity Specialist leveraging policy, research, and practice to strengthen public education. Taishya also worked with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the DC Public Charter School Board, and the Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Taishya is the founding Board President of New Legacy Charter School, a public charter high school and early learning center Colorado. Taishya also serves on the Colorado Natural Areas Council, the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and the #Nature for All International Taskforce. Taishya holds a MA in International Education from George Washington University and a BA from Vassar College in Political Science and Film.