Girls for a Change


Tanya Beat, Silicon Valley Program Director

Tanya comes to Girls for a Change with 16 years of experience in the non-profit world managing programs in education, volunteerism, and youth leadership. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and teaching credential from Duquesne University, her plans to teach middle school social studies were sidetracked when she accepted her first professional opportunity as an AmeriCorps volunteer teaching adult basic education for Goodwill Industries in 1995. This experience completely changed her perspective, starting a life-long career in serving her community.

She was then accepted into AmeriCorps Leaders, a training program that instigated her passion for youth leadership in under-served communities. Since then, she has managed community-based programs with ASPIRA of Connecticut, the Bridgeport Volunteer Center, and Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara. She moved into the national arena with the New Teacher Center, learning about the need for intensive coaching and mentoring for beginning teachers and school administrators. Tanya has spent the last seven years working with the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). She has had the privilege of developing the national chapter program for underrepresented college students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in addition to managing the SACNAS Leadership Institute for scientists the last two years.

Tanya has lived in the mid-west, east coast, and now considers the Bay Area her home. After being raised in a mestizo household with a Chicana mother and German father, she strives to improve her school-based Spanish with frequent use of excited exclamations, declarations, and Spanglish. Tanya is very excited to return to working in youth development and social equity issues. She feels that each day and experience is one in which learning can be attained.