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Tanya joined BTC’s Board of Directors in 2021, excited by the two-fold mission of realizing students’ potential and building a pipeline of talented educators. Studying nonprofit management and working for a youth leadership nonprofit early in her career, Tanya has been engaged with education adjacent organizations for 15 years in a variety of roles including staff, committee member, event organizer, volunteer, and donor. She is a self-proclaimed leadership nerd and connector committed to developing authentic, engaged, and responsible community leaders.

In her day job as a senior human resources director at Ecolab, Tanya leads the people strategy for the food & beverage sector businesses. In partnership with general managers, she develops and executes talent strategies that support the company’s work advancing and improving people, planet, and business health. She has held roles of increasing responsibility in recruiting, early career leadership development, and human resources business partnership for a variety of business units. In addition to Breakthrough Twin Cities, she is actively engaged in a variety of social impact and community organizations including Fair Anita, Finnegans Community Fund, BestPrep, and Leadership St. Paul.

A native Minnesotan and new St. Paul resident, Tanya’s hobbies include golfing, board games, and exploring local restaurants and breweries.

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