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Tanisha Sullivan, Candidate for Secretary of State of Massachusetts

As a part of my Meet the Candidate Series, I sat down and talked with Tanisha Sullivan, Candidate for Secretary of State of Massachusetts.

Tanisha’s family has deep roots in Massachusetts. Her father was born and raised in Boston and spent his career working in the Boston Public Schools, retiring in 2014 as the school leader at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Tanisha’s mother was born in Boston and moved to Mansfield at a young age. She spent several years working in media before opening her own small businesses – a home daycare system- and helping connect and amplify Black-owned businesses across New England as publisher of the Black Pages of New England in print and online.

Tanisha was born in Boston and raised in Brockton. After attending Thayer Academy in Braintree, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Government. She then attended Boston College where she obtained both her J.D. and M.B.A. Tanisha has practiced law in large firms and life sciences companies in Greater Boston and New York City. From 2013 – 2015 Tanisha served as Chief Equity Officer in the Boston Public Schools.

Following her parents’ example, Tanisha’s life’s work has been focused on service, equity, and impact. In 2017, Tanisha was elected to serve as President of the NAACP Boston in a volunteer capacity. There she led the organization in its fight for racial, economic, and social justice with a data driven and solutions-oriented framework. As a civil rights organization, voting rights is a priority for the NAACP, and Tanisha has led efforts to expand access to the ballot box and make our communities more representative.

Now, she is running for Secretary of State to help lead the fight to protect and expand voting rights, create a more transparent and accessible government, and foster greater economic opportunity for everyone in Massachusetts.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Tanisha’s Background (01:35)
  • The Office of Secretary of State, and why Tanisha is running (03:03)
  • Massachusetts room for improvement in Tanisha’s eyes (06:18)
  • Same Day Voter Registration (09:25)
  • Tanisha’s proudest accomplishments as a Public Servant (14:29)
  • Closing Statement (18:30)

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