contracts & Office Manager
Youth peer support specialist
Tenaya’s passions for community service, crisis response, and youth empowerment led her to Youth ERA where she currently serves as a Office & Contract Manager, and Youth Peer Support Specialist. Originally from Seattle in our sister state to the North, she has built a career in youth and family support, and administration, in positions working with diverse populations throughout the country.
As a child and young adult, Tenaya faced mental health struggles including depression and C-PTSD. Observing the challenges faced by those who have experienced trauma she was drawn like a moth to light to more about the brain, physiology, sociocultural anthropology, and how to help others in a trauma informed way. Specifically, she has deep interests in learning how the effects that trauma has on the brain, development, and health outcomes, and resiliency against those outcomes can be developed. In her journey she has found that finding ways to serve others, peer support, and healthy lifestyle choices provide her with the tools to thrive.
Prior to joining Youth ERA, Tenaya served three terms of national service with the Corporation for National and Community Service. She discovered AmeriCorps while interning at Wide Angle Youth Media in Baltimore, MD, and after graduating college decided to join the National Civilian Community Corps, a team-based residential community service leadership and disaster relief program for 18-24 year-olds. It was through this experience that she discovered her passion for public service, travel, and for leadership in youth development. Since then, she has completed terms of service as a VISTA in Anchorage, Alaska working to build capacity and improve programs servicing those in poverty, and most recently, as a team leader of a Disaster Survivor Assistance team with FEMA, honing her positive youth development and emergency management skills.
In her free time, you might find Tenaya in a yoga studio, theorizing about cinema, spending time with her older sister, or volunteering in the community as a sexual assault support crisis worker or community referral specialist. She loves working with people and coming up with out-of-the box solutions to problems.