Director, Corporate Partnerships
Inspiration: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
What working in this community means to me: “Working in the community is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and learn about experiences that are different than your own. It is a chance to expand your understanding of why disproportionate circumstances exist, why they persist and ultimately improve individuals’ lives.”
Lataya builds year-round relationships with companies and foundations to support their philanthropic interests. She shares community information relevant to issue areas that a company cares about, provides resources and volunteer opportunities for employees, and keeps companies up to date on opportunities to give to emergency and long-term initiatives.
Prior to joining Greater Twin Cities United Way, Lataya was in the hospitality industry working in sales and event planning roles. In 2019, she was inducted into the Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine’s Hall of Fame as an Up-and-Coming Supplier. Before she joined the workforce, she competed in speech contests (competitive public speaking and performing) for eight years. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in sociology from Western Kentucky University.
Outside of the office, Lataya enjoys walking the chain of lakes, hiking, DIY home projects with her husband and dining out. She loves to end each day snuggled on the couch with her cat Ember and dog Coal.