Comstock's Magazine: Room at the Top

Originally published in Comstock's Magazine, March 9, 2021

(Photo by Fred Greaves)

As Tahira Cunningham sees it, intent matters, whether it’s on the subject of a nonprofit’s mission or its leadership structure.

On a recent weekday morning, Cunningham, chief of staff for Alluma, has just wrapped up a mentoring session with a young woman in her organization, an Oakland-based nonprofit with branches in Sacramento and Phoenix that provides technology solutions and consulting services to government agencies, nonprofits and other companies. “She just received a significant promotion, and I’m very excited for her, so I offered her some coaching as she grows into the organization,” says Cunningham, who is based in the Sacramento office that allows the company to have close contact with policymakers...

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