Tia Taylor-Williams smilingTia Taylor Williams, Director

Tia Taylor Williams is a champion for health, equity and justice with 18 years of experience in public health. She currently serves as the Director for the Center for School, Health and Education and the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association. In this role, Tia provides strategic oversight to a diverse portfolio of projects addressing social factors that influence health, including environment, education and access to health care.

Since joining APHA in 2008, Tia has provided leadership in building the organization’s capacity to focus more upstream on the root causes of health inequities and advance health and racial equity. Tia’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master’s degrees in Public Health and Nutrition and Integrative Health.

C. PluffC. Pluff, Program Manager

Prior to joining APHA, C. worked in a legislative capacity with the DC Council Committee on Education and in programmatic and administrative capacities with the Program on Educational Transformation and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University.

A Georgetown alum, C. also worked with the university’s health education center for eight years on arts-based behavior change programming for new students focused on norm setting for help-seeking behaviors, community conversations about mental health, and proactive bystander intervention, all of which remain professional interests. Beyond the Hilltop, C. has served as a grant writer, nonprofit administrator, and workshop facilitator throughout the DMV. C. holds a BA in government and performance studies and an MA in conflict resolution with a focus on liberatory education and systems change.