Mana Tahaie is an unapologetic advocate for justice with over a decade’s experience in a deep red state organizing for social change. She specializes in race, gender, immigration and LGBTQ+ issues, with a focus on the intersections. As a consultant in inclusion, equity and social justice, she’s the convener of the Changing the Status Quo gender equity movement and supports several progressive social impact organizations in advancing their missions through strategic planning, coaching, equity training, facilitation, event planning, and other services.
In her community work, Mana organizes with the Demanding a JUSTulsa campaign for police reform, serves on committees of Mental Health Association of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, and volunteers as a Tulsa City-County Library adult literacy tutor. Mana previously served as convener of the Say No to Hate Coalition and on the boards of Center for New Community, Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training, ACLU Oklahoma, the United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa, and The University of Tulsa Women’s & Gender Studies Program.
From 2008-2017, Mana worked at YWCA Tulsa, whose mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Mana first joined YWCA as the inaugural Director of Racial Justice, growing the Racial Justice department to include anti-racism training and consulting, racial dialogue groups, community collaborations, and two annual signature events. Later, as the Director of Mission Impact and Co-Director of the Inclusion Institute, she led YWCA’s racial justice, women’s empowerment, public policy, and evaluation work, and provided local, regional and national partners with capacity building and technical assistance on issues of identity and inclusion, especially in the areas of race, class, gender, and immigration. Most recently, she served as interim Director of Immigrant & Refugee Services, helping thousands of newcomers integrate into Tulsa’s fabric.
Before joining YWCA Tulsa, Mana served as the first Deputy Director of Oklahomans for Equality, Tulsa’s LGBTQ community center, developing programming, managing volunteers, and raising funds to support OkEq’s advocacy and services.
The first in her family to be born in the U.S., Mana has lived in Oklahoma most of her life, moving to Tulsa to earn her Bachelor’s in Political Science at TU. She specializes in the analysis of power, community organizing, organizational and institutional development, and identity-based oppression. She lives in Tulsa with her husband Nick Doctor and their black lab Lily.