The Tumaini Tribe
Founder + Executive Director
A former public school educator with 10 years of experience in DC public and charter schools, Portia has witnessed the gaps in our education system firsthand. Her upbringing in Southeast, DC coupled with a temporary relocation to Beijing, China, and ongoing moments of reflection perpetuated her belief a holistic education is essential to student success. Portia is dedicated to tackling issues of trauma and educational inequity in her community through the development of Social Emotional Learning resources and opportunities for students and adults.
Portia started her post-educational career at North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and later earned a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from Drexel University and a second Master of Science degree in Special Education from George Mason University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, Portia enjoys traveling the world, spending time with her husband & children, and attending cultural festivals.