Tanvier Peart is a civil rights and education advocate deeply invested in equity, diversity, and inclusion. A trained community organizer and a sharp-witted storyteller and communications strategist, she has a heart for the people and a passion for policy, to create systemic change, dismantle systems, and implement restorative practices that yield more accessible and equitable communities.
A graduate of Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders development program and the National Urban League Washington Bureau’s congressional advocacy program, she has training in organizing to empower and mobilize communities impacted by injustice, and work with legislators to dismantle policies that marginalize communities.
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.
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.