Tiana Stephens is Communications Officer at the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
A native of Denver, she earned her BA in English with a minor in Chinese studies at the University of Colorado. After working for more than a decade in television news as an Emmy Award-winning assignment editor and producer, she transitioned to a career in government with the City of Rochester, where she served as social media manager, writer, TV producer and host of the CityWise public affairs program. She then led a team of instructional designers as Director of Content Development at CypherWorx, Inc., an eLearning start-up in downtown Rochester.
Tiana has been featured in the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper as a “Woman to Watch” for her work at the City as well as for her community service project in partnership with late Air Force veteran Betty Perkins Carpenter on the Snapshots from the Korean War project, which helped connect veterans or their family members with a special collection of wartime photographs.
As a communications consultant, Tiana has helped tell the untold stories of many grassroots and non-profit organizations including the Rochester Youth Sports Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Black Men Achieve of Rochester and the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester. She has worked with political campaigns and various small business owners in Monroe County.
Tiana serves on several boards and committees: Horizons at the Harley School; Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Marketing Committee; Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester Community TV and the Rochester Police Department’s Police and Citizens Interaction Committee. A mother of four plus one international student, she and her family live in Rochester's 19th Ward neighborhood and are actively involved in the areas of education, art, sports, public health, anti-racism and social justice.