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Tanzi West-Barbour

National Director of Communications

Black Alliance for Educational Options

Washington, DC




Tanzi West Barbour is the National Director of Communications for the Black Alliance for Educational Options with more than 20 years of experience in public relations and communication in the education, healthcare, and sports sectors.




Masters of Business Administration, University of Maryland, 2006; Bachelor of Science (Communications), Howard University, 1994; High School Diploma Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 1989




Tanzi West Barbour is a seasoned public relations and communications expert in the areas of education, healthcare, and sports. She began her career as a news correspondent with ABC Radio News in the Washington, DC Bureau. Tanzi is a recognized leader in the communications sector as a smart, savvy decision maker with proven results. Currently, Tanzi is the National Director of Communications for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) where she leads the communications work for the only Black-led organization advocating on behalf of low-income and working Black families for access to high-quality educational options.


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Tanzi is a communications expert who is often sought for strategic communications planning with organizations because of her expertise and track record of record of proven results. Early in her career, Tanzi served as a radio show producer on WPFW 89.3FM in Washington, DC for six years where she taught more than 60 young, Black students all facets of radio production as a way to encourage college attendance. Fifty-five of the students successfully graduated from college. Tanzi is a member of NABJ, The national Black Public Relations Society of America and the Education Writers Association.




I would make an excellent candidate for the Media-Related Representative on the NABJ Board because as a 20-plus year communications/public relations professional and former journalist and active member of NABJ, I am well-positioned to represent the media professional members of NABJ and serve as a liaison to ensure that we have a proactive voice on the Board that will allow us to engage in the planning and implementation of the Board’s goals and metrics as needed. I believe in integrity and commitment and once elected I will be the voice that is not only strong but impactful.





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