National Organizing Director at Data for Black Lives, Author

Data for Black Lives

Tawana Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy rights education and racial justice and equity work. She is National Organizing Director at Data for Black Lives, former director of the Data Justice Program at Detroit Community Technology Project, co-founder of Our Data Bodies, a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, a Digital Civil Society Lab fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and director of Petty Propolis, a Black woman led artist incubator primarily focused on cultivating visionary resistance through poetry and literary workshops, anti-racism facilitation, and social justice initiatives. In 2021, Tawana was named one of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics. 


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