Driven by science, storytelling, and social justice, Tariana's work embodies what she calls “intentional creativity for social change.” She is proudly and unapologetically a queer, mixed race Black/Afro-Latinx, first-generation college student from a working class Dominican-German-Mexican immigrant family in Boston.
Tariana is CEO and cofounder of EmVision Productions, a media boutique that helps progressive organizations harness social impact storytelling™ to achieve their goals. She is co-producer of the mini-doc Stories of Black Motherhood (2018, 8 min). In addition, through her DrPH studies at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health ('20), she worked on building FooFii, a social venture using technology to connect communities in need to existing food resources, which was incubated at the Harvard Innovation Labs via its Venture Incubation Program.
Prior to HSPH, she managed the launch and expansion of UMass Boston’s Office of Health Disparities Research and Training and served in the American Journal of Public Health’s inaugural Student Media Think Tank, helping to rebrand the Journal’s media presence for future generations. Tariana has also worked in health-related projects in the US, Dominican Republic, Mexico (lived), Spain (lived), and Kenya.
Tariana has been engaged in her native Boston since high school as a Youth Leader at Sociedad Latina and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, two leading Latino community development organizations in the city. Since then, she was appointed to Mayor Walsh's SPARK Boston millennial council, served on the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and as a Boston Peer Leader for the Obama Foundation, and co-chaired the Community Advisory Board of the Gastón Institute for Latino Public Policy.
Currently, she serves on the Diversity Board of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and the New Leaders Council Boston Chapter Board (alum). Tariana has been named by El Mundo and El Planeta (New England’s largest Spanish-language newspapers) as among the most influential young Latino leaders in Massachusetts. Tariana holds degrees from Roxbury Community College, UMass Boston, UMass Medical School, and Tufts University School of Medicine.