Tensie T. Taylor


Based in Southern California, Tensie J. Taylor brings a range of nonprofit, regional, and lived experience to our Lindauer clients. This includes a deep understanding of public and private universities, undergraduate and graduate education, and alumni and external relations.

Before coming to Lindauer, Tensie served in successive leadership roles for the Black Alumni Association at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC). Her impact included new partnerships with alumni, celebrities, and community leaders; record enrollment numbers; expanded volunteer and Advisory Council engagement; increased fundraising revenue; and collaborative outcomes with the Latino Alumni Association, the Asian Pacific Alumni Association, and Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. She also served in roles in recruiting and admissions for the Rossier School of Education and in the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs for USC. Prior to USC, Tensie worked on a range of programs for both the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity for North Carolina State University and for former President Erskine Bowles at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill.

A published author and experienced speaker on anti-bullying and an internationally known pianist, Tensie has traveled the world and brings a global sensibility to her work. Currently a Board member for Weingart YMCA Wellness and Aquatic Center and for Friends LA Foster Youth, she previously served on the Board of Directors for the We Are Ohana Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding resources and helping foster youth in Los Angeles. An engaging professional and volunteer, Tensie is a red-carpet host for online networks and has conducted numerous interviews at charity and community service events, award shows, and film festivals. Her myriad interests include reading, writing, singing, playing piano and trumpet, volunteering, mentoring young people, and travel.

A native of North Carolina, Tensie earned a B.A. in communication from North Carolina State University and a Master of Education in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the University of Southern California.