To create a movement led by Black women and women of color that creates space for our authenticity and identities. We are unafraid of being judged for who we are in professional and personal spaces because the social construct of whiteness is no longer the “norm” we submit and conform to. Our aim is to knock down walls and build new spaces, where we are truly ourselves and we are here to normalize our brilliance, our greatness and our beauty in every form that may take.
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Takirra served as a political appointee in President Barack Obama’s administration. She works for a number of individuals and organizations, including as strategic adviser to President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
Takirra worked for four years as Vice President for Strategic Communications at The Education Trust – a national nonprofit focused on highlighting and closing opportunity gaps for students of color and students facing financial uncertainty. She also served for six years in Maryland politics as a senior member of Martin O’Malley’s gubernatorial administration.
A proud graduate of Howard University, Takirra obtained an M.A. in Intercultural Communication with a certification in International Affairs. She is also a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a certification in African American Studies. Takirra also has experience as a communications consultant to national organizations and principals including Chiefs for Change’s Future Chiefs initiative; activist DeRay McKesson; actress Allison Williams; entrepreneur, music mogul and tech investor Monique Mosley; and Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist John Legend.
Takirra was also a featured speaker at the 2021 ESSENCE Festival.
Takirra believes in the power and purpose of authentic storytelling, especially from people directly impacted by issues, and with lived experiences that are too often overlooked. She has dedicated her career to elevating and uplifting the stories and experiences of Black women.
Articles & Media
Takirra is also a regular contributor for Salon, offering commentary on Black women, Blackness, and the intersections of race and gender in America.
Diversity Dish Podcast: Unapologetic Black Woman – Takirra Winfield Dixon