Taishya Adams is a servant leader focused on collective liberation and stewardship through community building, personal transformation, and systems change. Taishya the founder and principal of the Mukuyu Collective - an intersectional, interdisciplinary education & environmental company that leverages the reform, reimagine, and recreate spaces for individual and collective liberation. 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. Taishya also serves on the Co-Chair of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Business Advisory Council, the Bridge Project Equitable Hiring Initiative Advisory Council, Colorado Natural Areas Council, and on the board of Black in Marine Science. Previously, Taishya served as the National Policy & Education Director and Colorado Network Co-lead for Outdoor Afro – an organization that celebrates and inspires Black American connections to nature and leadership. As Policy Director, Taishya engaged with our network leaders, network participants, legislators, policymakers, and mission aligned stakeholders on education, health, and environmental policies affecting Black people, Black communities, and the planet. Prior to Outdoor Afro, Taishya worked at American Institutes for Research as an Equity Specialist, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the DC Public Charter School Board, UNA-NCA Global Classrooms, 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 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.