Honoring Black History Month by celebrating Charlene Tarver as an Extraordinary Woman of Color

Posted at 7:47 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 12:29:06-05

Charlene Tarver has a passion for diversity, equality and inclusion, which spans her adult career.  

"What you may not know is that I've been a lifelong advocate for throwaway youth, the homeless, mothers and children living at or below the poverty level, quality pediatric healthcare, culturally inclusive education, a balanced justice system, and the advancement of women and girls. I am deeply disturbed by injustice irrespective of person." - Charlene

Tarver's commitment has fueled a lifespan of work including research with New York City's shelter system; legal services with NY Covenant House Legal Services, which housed hundreds of runaway and throwaway youth; serving as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children removed from their families by Oakland Child Protective Services (CPS); developing orphanages and an AIDS pediatric hospital in third world and developing nations like Haiti, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic; and raising funds for pediatric research and healthcare at Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation.  

"Today, I continue to speak out against injustice in the form of racial profiling, and I possess an unapologetic and unwavering commitment to the uplift and advancement of women and girls." - Charlene

Tarver's commitment to servings marginalized communities recently prompted her lead role in founding the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. where she serves as the non-profit's founding president, and recently sparked her establishment of the Tarver Consulting Group, a policy, business development and consulting firm focused on women entrepreneurs, and policy impacting women and families.    

In the Fall of 2016 Tarver was honored with Positively Powerful's Inaugural Human Rights Leadership Award and a Legacy Award from the National Bar Association-the oldest and largest group of African American lawyers in the nation.