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Tanya Douglas

Manhattan Legal Services
Director, Disability Advocacy Project and Veterans Justice Project
New York, NY
Tanya Douglas is the Director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) and Veterans Justice Project Coordinator at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS) a program of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Tanya is admitted to the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. Tanya has spent her entire 26 year legal career as a LSNYC public interest attorney whom represented clients in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) SSI/SSDI benefits claims, special education matters and veteran issues as well as offered trainings in these areas.
Tanya also focuses on diversity and cultural competency matters for legal services/legal aid programs. She's the first chair of the LSNYC Diversity Committee which worked on recruitment and retention issues, drafted an exit interview form and offered trainings on cultural competency at LSNYC, locally in New York State and at national conferences.
Tanya is a member of the LSNYC Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee which created the first ever LSNYC DEI strategic plan. This plan includes DEI trainings, using a DEI lenses for substantive work and recognizes the importance of self-care.
Tanya is the co-facilitator of the New York State Legal Services/Legal Aid Diversity Coalition whose mission is to increase diversity in legal services/legal aid staff and increase their cultural competency. The Coalition has offered trainings on cultural competency, language access issues at local and national conferences as well as provided professional development opportunities.
She is a member of the design team for Management Information Exchange (MIE). As a MIE trainer, Tanya has offered trainings for managers on such topics as culturally competency, supervision across racial and gender differences, basic management tools, etc.