Tania Guaman was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. At the age of thirteen, she came to the United States and attended Barringer High School in Newark, NJ. She graduated as the valedictorian of the school in 2008 as a part of the Health and Sciences Academy. From there, she continued her higher education by enrolling into Rutgers University in New, Brunswick, NJ.
While attending Rutgers University, Tania was involved with the Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program, a volunteer and service learning project. Through this initiative she served in the Health Promotion Office at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. She coordinated Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease classes and presentations for community members in the New Brunswick area. Tania also worked as a Community Interpreter facilitating the accurate exchange of information in English and Spanish between patients and physicians at the Eric B. Chandler Clinic for two years. During her senior year, Tania was also an intern at the Community Outreach Department of St. Peter's Hospital providing support to connect especially with the Jewish community.
Tania obtained her Bachelor's degree in Public Health in 2012. Upon graduation she started working as a HIV Prevention Counselor for two years and then as the Healthy Living Initiative Coordinator for La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, New Jersey.
In 2014,Tania started working as a Coalition Coordinator in the Town of Secaucus, New Jersey. Through this opportunity, Tania experienced the benefits of working with grassroots organizations to build partnerships among community members to raise awareness about adolescent substance use issues.
Working with local,state and nationwide leader organizations such as CADCA, SAMHSA and GCADA to support Community leaders in our coalition provided a reliable resource and support system. As a team, the staff and volunteers built a framework to support prevention efforts as other communities working to build a healthier and drug free community for youth and families.
Tania is honored to represent the 2017 National Urban Fellows and Baruch's distinguished Masters of Public Administration program. With the guidance and mentorship of the program, Tania is confident that she will excel and grow to be a strong,passionate, and diligent professional leader with an invigorated sense of commitment to support health and wellness in various communities.