Tata Traore-Rogers


Tata Traore-Rogers is a seasoned nonprofit executive and passionate advocate for women’s rights. She also believes that organizational culture must foster a sense of belonging within all its members and consciously value race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance. Otherwise, an organization cannot extend its lifespan if it doesn’t maintain a mission relevant to our rapidly-changing world. Tata’s career trajectory reflects a lifelong commitment to these principles. She currently works with the American Civil Liberties Union as the Deputy Department Director of its Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives (ASNI), where she provides strategic vision and tactical execution of departmental goals. Responsibilities include managing staff who build programs and organizations and overseeing a budget of $157 million and a workforce of 1500 employees. She partners with the Director on developing ideas that advance the ACLU’s mission and goals to maximize national impact. Prior to her work with the ACLU, Tata was the Executive Director of Manifesta, an independent digital campaigning platform grounded in human rights and feminist principles. As ED, Tata sought to advance change and facilitate collective action for gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights, connecting individuals around the world to the work of feminist organizations and networks. Before working with Manifesta, Tata was Executive Director of Turning Point Brooklyn, a community-based organization providing “at-potential” residents with integrated housing, education, health, and social services. Tata’s work with Turning Point Brooklyn was aimed at helping clients improve their self-efficacy and self-sufficiency. Tata is often engaged to work internationally as a meeting planner, facilitator, and executive coach. She also serves on a number of local nonprofit boards. Board Member, Peer Health Exchange, 2021-Present Board Co-Chair, SeaChange Partners, 2019 - Present Board Chair, Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation (HER), 2018 – 2022 Tata has lived in various countries on multiple continents and speaks several languages fluently, which gives her work a unique intercultural perspective. She is an adjunct professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, where she teaches courses on Urban Public Health and Community Health. She is currently training to become a psychoanalyst at the Reik Institute of Psychoanalysis. She lives in Brooklyn with her two daughters. She is a voracious reader and world traveler. She is fascinated by Tavistock Group Relations Theory which is used to understand authority, leadership, and power in groups, organizations, and systems dynamics. As an executive coach, she sees herself as a lifelong student and champion of the science and practice of interpersonal dynamics and people management.