Tanisha Arena is a Black woman in community leadership as the Executive Director of Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, Ma. She holds a Masters n non-profit management from Baypath University ( a private women’s college in MA.) Ms. Arena is an experienced educator at Growing A New Heart, where she trains regularly on Holding Space: holding affinity, anti-racism, self-education and support groups and on Dialogues Across Differences of social location, including race and ethnicity. Ms. Arena has deep roots in the field of anti-violence work, specializing in community advocacy and responses to intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ community. Ms. Arena is a published author whose current projects include an award winning podcast called “Unapologetic,” where she discusses current racial activism and politics in a way that explores racial realities with courage, clarity and humor.