Tannia Talento joined the Arlington County School Board on January 1, 2017. She is a longtime advocate for schools and the community and has previously served on several key Arlington Public Schools citizen committees, including the Career Center Parent Advisory Committee, the joint county and schools Facility Study Committee, the Superintendent’s Master Planning Working Group, and the ESOL/HILT Citizen’s Advisory Committee. She also served on the Advisory Council on Instruction as Vice Chair and liaison to the Budget and Math Advisory Committees.
Tannia was born and raised in the D.C. area, and is a proud Latina American born to immigrant parents from Guatemala and is fluent in English and Spanish. She quickly learned to advocate for herself and her brother to ensure they were successful as first generation Americans. Her advocacy career began with her helping students and their families navigate Arlington Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College pathways and by tirelessly advocating on behalf of Arlington’s immigrant and minority families. Tannia has been a mentor to many Arlington young adults, helping them with financial and budget management, as well as college career and admissions counseling. She developed a passion for helping others achieve success through education, and became heavily involved in local education policy, minority rights, and volunteering.
Professionally, Tannia spent 15 years in the legal field as key support staff in major corporate and international law firms, and worked her way up from a file clerk in a Crystal City law firm to a Legal Secretary at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP.
Tannia continues to be involved in our community through her service as Chair of the Dream Project Advisory Board, a member of the Community Advisory Council for Encore Learning, and a member of the NAACP-Arlington Branch. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Dream Project and for Challenging Racism and was also an initial participant in the Community Progress Network Coalition. She continues to encourage others to get involved at any level with their community, whether it be volunteering with non-profits, through civic engagement on advisory boards, committees or commissions, or volunteering with local neighborhood and community programs.
Tannia lives in Arlington with her husband, Gary, and together they have five children and two English springer spaniels. Her three stepsons, son and daughter are all proud graduates of Arlington Public Schools.
Read Tannia’s July 5, 2017 Organizational Meeting remarks here.
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Term expires December 31, 2020