After graduating in 2018 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Fellow, Tanesha worked as the Director of Organizing and Community Building for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a criminal justice reform advocacy organization based in D.C. There, she led a team of organizers to help community members turn the resources they had into the power they needed to create change at the local level.
While attending law school, Tanesha clerked for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, where she conducted research on race and equity in education. As a student attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Tanesha provided direct representation to clients appearing before the United States Parole Commission. Tanesha also was a Holley Law Fellow with the National LGBTQ Task Force, where she researched and drafted criminal justice and economic policy.
As a law student in Georgetown’s Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Tanesha represented clients before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and taught legal research and writing classes for incarcerated persons. She was awarded the clinic’s first Patsy Jarrett/Craig Muhammad Prisoner Advocacy Award. Tanesha also served as the Managing Editor of Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives.
Tanesha is a 2010 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior law school, she worked for several years with Teach For America, where she was a Corps Member and Manager and also served as a Dean of Students, and a School Director. Tanesha is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.