Talisha Bekavac

TalishaBekavacis leveraging over 15 years of corporate and non-profit experience in her role as ExecutiveVice President for the United States Black Chambers (USBC). In her role, Talisha works with policymakers to promote legislation that expands small businesses, and addresses the unique challenges facing the Black business community. Shealso leads external engagement with corporations and foundations to encourage inclusive strategies on access to capital, supplier diversity and community investment. In acknowledgement of her thought leadership, she serves as a MOSAIC Fellow for the Progressive Policy Institute where she provides insight to media and policymakers on an array of issues. Additionally, she is a Google NEXTGEN Policy Leader, which is aninitiative to convene the most influential stakeholders of this generation to help solve the challenges of diversity in technology.

Prior to her work at USBC, Talishaworked in theprivate sector where she led business development and marketing for industry leaders i.e. Cisco, Sprint and Comcast NBC Universal. She worked her way up the corporate ladder from anindividual contributor to a regional executive, and was a sought after speaker within employee resource groups on diversity, equity and inclusion within corporate leadership. As a service to her community, Talisha serves on the Board of Directors for Family Equality – a national organization working to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families. Finally, Talisha is a cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University where she studied Public Relations and Political Science on academic scholarship. She and her family reside in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.