Tanvier PeartTanvier Peart is an action-oriented advocate and trained community organizer with a heart for people, and a passion for policy. She enjoys joining forces with the social justice collaborative to speak to truth power in effort to create systemic changes that result in more accessible and equitable communities. A graduate of Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders development program, she has training in organizing to empower and mobilize communities impacted by injustice — and is currently receiving congressional advocacy training through the National Urban League Washington Bureau’s advocacy program. Overseeing and executing initiatives, she has experience planning community-focused events, engaging and mentoring “at-risk” youth, and overseeing volunteers.

A former leader of the Racial Justice Taskforce for the Western New York Peace Center, Tanvier aims to challenge and combat racial inequality by organizing and amplifying the voices of those affected by injustices, and working with local and national organizations to provide research that demonstrates the effects of exclusion in order to campaign for reform and just practices. She dedicates time to grassroots organizations that advocate for quality and accessible education — regardless of race and socioeconomic status — and aim to dismantle systemic strongholds in order to transform and restore communities.

Currently, Tanvier is working with the LEAD National Support Bureau and local agencies to assist in the implementation of a law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) program for the Buffalo area that addresses the need for an alternative system for low-level offenders that’s both community-based and addresses underlying concerns — through treatment and restorative practices — to reduce the chance of repeat behavior while preventing individuals from entering the criminal justice system. She also supports statewide bail reform efforts as an estimated 25,000 New Yorkers are jailed each day across the state, with 67 percent of those individuals never being convicted of a crime.  (Just Leadership USA).

Tanvier previously held a seat on the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals’ executive council, focusing her efforts on serving the community through partnerships and events. She’s a member of the NAACP Buffalo chapter, involved with Citizen Action of Western New York, and currently sits on the board of the Western New York Peace Center and town of Amherst’s Community Diversity Commission.

A Baltimore native with an Empire State of mind — who once called Oklahoma home — Tanvier is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Baltimore. She’s research capable, quick to understand policy, and enjoys working with others to create strategies and lobby for legislation. Her experience as a writer and senior editor can assist with crafting press releases and alerts, and utilizing social media strategically.

Tanvier is a believer, wife of a first-generation immigrant, mom of two small boys, and a daughter of a retired police sergeant who believes faith plus works yield good fruit.