• "The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman."

    - Malcolm X


  • About La'Tasha

    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 18th anniversary this year having served 200,000+ Black women, femmes, girls and gender-expansive folx, 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 served on the Board of Directors of the Groundswell Fund - the largest funder of Reproductive Justice and women of color - and she completed a second term on the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs ending in 2021. 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 2022 She Can Win Building Bridges Award, 2021 KYW Newsradio GameChanger Award, 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 in 2016, the Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and the Higher Heights Senior Leadership Fellowship in 2021.

    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." La'Tasha has been published and featured in numerous media platforms including ColorLines, Essence Magazine, NBCNews.com, Rewire, Slate Magazine, The Nation and Time.com.


    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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  • In the News

    Read about La'Tasha in the news!

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    La'Tasha D. Mayes for State Rep

    I'm officially throwing my hat in the ring!

    (January 19, 2022) Good Morning Everyone! I have an exciting announcement to make. I wanted to share that I am featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper's latest issue because I am running for Pennsylvania State Rep. in the 24th Legislative District! (Mayor Ed Gainey formerly served in this seat).

    I have decided to throw my hat in the ring because, "We need leadership at this time that can weather the storm, [both] the political storm that's always going on in Harrisburg and the storm of these political times where we are boldly confronting race, gender, and class injustice and oppression."

    There will be more information to come in early February -- along with ways you can follow and support this journey -- so please stay tuned!

    #LDMayesPA24 #MayesForPA24 #NextPhaseWithMayes #BlackWomenRun #TrustBlackWomen #Pittsburgh

  • Speaking Engagements

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    Spring 2022 Speaking Engagements

    To book La'Tasha for Spring and Summer,

    email duxfemfac@gmail.com.




    Stay tuned for more dates.



    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

    Groundswell Fund

    Gwen's Girls

    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

    WURD Radio

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    Speaking Topics


    Reproductive Justice

    Human Rights

    Sexual & Reproductive Health

    Black Women's Health

    Black Girls' Health

    Black Feminism

    Black Women's Lives Matter

    Women of Color and the New American Majority

    Women Running for Elected Office

    Building a Social Justice Movement

    LGBTQ+ Rights

    Affordable Care Act / Health Care Access

    Ending Gender-Based Violence


    Environmental Justice

    Leadership Development

    Community Organizing

    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.

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