"The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman."
- Malcolm X
The leader of the great deed is a woman!
Leader. Visionary. Organizer. Politico. Speaker.
La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Reproductive Justice, Human Rights and leadership development for Black women and girls. La'Tasha is the Founder and Executive Director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a multi-state organization in Pennsylvania and Ohio dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women, femmes and girls headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
New Voices advocates at the local, state and national level for Reproductive Justice - the Human Right of all people to control their bodies, sexuality, gender, work, reproduction and ability to form our families. New Voices celebrates its 15th anniversary this year having served 100,000+ Black women, femmes and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color through New Voices Pittsburgh, New Voices Cleveland and New Voices Philadelphia. In January 2015, New Voices co-launched the national policy initiative, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, as a founding partner.
La’Tasha is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and she earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon University. La'Tasha serves on the Board of Directors of the Groundswell Fund - the largest funder of Reproductive Justice and women of color - and she was appointed to a second term on the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. La'Tasha is past National Board Chair of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective - the largest Human Rights advocacy group for Indigenous women and women of color based in Atlanta.
La'Tasha has served the Pittsburgh community as an inaugural Allegheny County Human Relations Commission Vice Chair, Social Action Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter and President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh. La'Tasha has received numerous honors including the 2018 ATHENA Award nomination, 2017 NAACP East Boroughs Phenomenal Woman Social Justice Award and 2016 Coro Center for Civic Leadership Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award. La'Tasha also completed the Rockwood Leadership Institute Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Fellowship. La'Tasha is currently a participant in the 2019 Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2017, La'Tasha was published in the books, "Reproductive Justice: An Introduction" by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger (University of California Press), "Radical Reproductive Anthology" by Loretta J. Ross (Feminist Press), Lynn Roberts et al and in the In Our Own Voice Policy Report, "Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Voices: The State of Black Women and Reproductive Justice" with her article, "Building the Next Generation of Black Reproductive Justice Leaders."
In the Pennsylvania Primary Election 2015, La'Tasha ran for Pittsburgh City Council - District 7 and earned 35% of the vote against an incumbent in her first major campaign for elected public office. La'Tasha is a passionate Reproductive Justice activist, native of West Philadelphia and believes in the indefatigable spirit of women.
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PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
All Access 2016
Allegheny County Health Department All-for-One Conference
Center for Reproductive Rights
Clean Air Collaborative
Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
Coro Center for Civic Leadership
In Our Own Voice:
National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
Higher Heights for America
Kinks, Locks & Twists:
Environmental and Reproductive Justice Conference
Masculine of Center Conference
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics
Pennsylvania National Organization for Women
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
The Afiya Center
The Heinz Endowments / Clean Air Collaborative
The Heinz Endowments / p4 Conference
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Trapped Film Screening
Urban Kind Institute
University of Pittsburgh / Campus Women's Organization
University of Pittsburgh / Department of Geology & Environmental Studies
University of Pittsburgh / Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh / Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh / School of Law
Women and Girls Foundation
Women's Donor Network
Women's Health Conversations
Women of Color HERStory Month
Women's Voices for the Earth
Sexual & Reproductive Health
Black Women's Health
Black Girls' Health
Black Women's Lives Matter
Women of Color and the New American Majority
Women Running for Elected Office
Building a Social Justice Movement
Affordable Care Act / Health Care Access
Ending Gender-Based Violence
Public Policy Advocacy
Executive Directors Anonymous
Starting a Non-Profit from the Ground Up
The Black Joy Sabbatical
Social Media, Communications & Non-Profits
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October 10, 2018
August 26, 2018
La'Tasha Speaks at Pittsburgh Vigil for #Orlando Shooting
June 12, 2016
"Neither hate nor terrorism can deny the Human Right to exist." La'Tasha served as MC for the City-Wide Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Victims organized by The Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium. This gathering brought 2,000 people to Downtown Pittsburgh to mourn the lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. La'Tasha and other LGBTQ leaders met with U.S. Senator Bob Casey regarding the Hate Crimes Protection Act he introduced as well as his support for the Equality Act.
#StoptheSham to Protect Abortion Rights Rally at Supreme Court
March 2, 2016
La'Tasha speaks on behalf of New Voices for Reproductive Justice and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda on the impact of Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstadt Supreme Court Case on Black women in Texas and across the nation. The Rally took place on March 2, 2016. La'Tasha's speak begins at 2:11:00. The Supreme Court of the United States will announce their decision on Monday, June 27.
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