With over 13 years of professional experience, Talia has experience in the government, nonprofit, and for profit sectors, ranging from tutoring/mentoring, strategic planning, program evaluation, meeting design & facilitation, and technology product development. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Talia began her post collegiate career at Score! Educational Centers. Within the first few months of her time at the center, she became the Center Director, managing both full-time and part-time staff. Her time with Score! was Talia’s initial foray into community development and engagement, a passion that has carried throughout each of her professional endeavors ever since.
She then seized an opportunity to join TCC Group’s Philadelphia-based consulting team. As an analyst in the firm’s nonprofit practice, she was able to blend her community passion with a rich, comprehensive analysis skillset. Her projects ranged from strategic plan development, program evaluations, long-term capacity building initiatives, event planning, and national benchmarking scans. Talia introduced social networking to the firm, as she developed an online community platform for a California-based foundation’s grantees; this space encouraged best practice sharing, professional engagements and broad-based community support. Her work at the firm encouraged her to pursue a master’s degree; she enrolled in the Fels Institute of Government’s Executive MPA Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked towards completing her Master in Public Administration and Certificate in Public Finance while continuing her professional pursuits at TCC Group; the combination of the two helped her to develop solid multitasking, organization and project management skill bases.
Talia completed her graduate studies, and began her work with the Philadelphia School Partnership soon after. She joined the organization in its startup phase, leading process and operations development process for the organization. She concentrated on the development and successful launch of GreatPhillySchools, a data-driven multimedia initiative that helps families search for and compare school options in the Philadelphia area. After a brief stint at Tembo, Inc., an education- focused data management and technology firm in Philadelphia, she joined the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Performance Management. She left the city government workforce in Summer 2019. Talia periodically also provides research, writing, and strategy development projects as a fr