The Mosaic Collaborative,LLC


We believe that we are all on a continuum of learning. In order for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be successful, each member of your organization must be able to see themselves reflected in the work.

Our team members take a down-to-earth, accessible approach to difficult topics that enables us to collaborate and tailor our offerings to meet your specific needs. We provide for-profits, non-profits and educational settings with the framework and tools needed to incorporate all voices in decision making, cultural norms and programmatic innovations.

(Photo Cred:  Andreas Branch )

(Photo Cred: Andreas Branch)


Taunya black, m.a.


I’m Taunya and the shape of my mosaic is a circle. I’m a passionate teacher, coach and facilitator. I fuse my expertise in non-profit program design, implementation, and management as a Program and Executive Director, with my training as a Marriage and Family Therapist to bring a unique approach to the work.

I have worked with various organizations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, including Brooklyn Friends School, The Pacific Center for Human Growth, California Institute of Integral Studies, Public Equity Group, and the Bridgespan Group. Some of my other work includes participating in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task forces at various educational institutions, lecturing on multiculturalism for graduate level psychology courses, and collaborating on content for keynotes. In the coming months you can find me speaking at Cal State University Fullerton and the Independent Sector event, Upswell LA.

I hold a BA in Urban Studies and Dance from Barnard College, a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Empire State, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies. My superpower is grounding difficult conversations, creating safe space, and offering concrete tools for moving the dial forward.


To learn more about me, visit my linkedin page at

(Photo Cred:  Andreas Branch )

(Photo Cred: Andreas Branch)


DeAngela Cooks, M.A.


I’m DeAngela and the shape of my mosaic is a triangle. I’m a passionate public speaker, professional master of ceremonies, an acclaimed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop facilitator and author. My superpower is utilizing my humor to help people reflect their sameness while appreciating their differences.

Hailing from Southern California, I weave my intersectional identities throughout my work with education, wit, and a splash of sarcasm. After knocking out my Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Religion, I decided to graduate with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I guess it's safe to say I'm a sap.

I have collaborated on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives with UC Davis, The County of Alameda, UCLA, NAACP, San Francisco Department of Probation, regional housing authorities, and the Pacific Center for Human Growth, just to name a few.  I have also been a guest lecturer on the topic of multiculturalism for various graduate level psychology courses at JFK University.

During my down time, you can find me encouraging parents to stop counting their toddler's age in months and devising a scheme to become unidentifiable by my student loan providers.

 To find out more about my public speaking coaching, workshops and event hosting, visit my personal website at