Tanvier Peart is a policy advocate, organizer, and strategist. A Buffalo-area transplant by way of Baltimore and daughter of a retired police sergeant, she works to dismantle systems of oppression and violence that push communities to the margins.
As the Director of Policy Advancement at the Partnership for the Public Good, she guides advocacy strategies to advance the community’s agenda and related policy goals. She is the lead communicator with community partners on policy issues and engages with elected officials to translate equitable policy ideals into legislative wins. Tanvier previously served as the Just Recovery Coordinator, helping lead the COVID initiative to implement policies across issue areas that contend with long-standing inequities magnified during the pandemic. She continues to work alongside the directly impacted, community, and legislators to address the impact of our current crises—and their effects on divested and marginalized communities—identifying short- and long-term policies to counter structural inequalities throughout Buffalo and Erie County, and New York State.
Through her work, Tanvier is a member of the WNY Digital Inclusion and Equity Coalition, developing a community-centered roadmap to address the digital divide across Western New York. She also serves on the Social Justice and Food Access Work Group of the Western New York Regional Food Systems Initiative, a nine-county effort focused on healthy, equitable, and accessible food systems.
Tanvier oversees the Free the People WNY coalition state working group, uniting organizers, advocates, and impacted communities working on state-level campaigns that promote basic human dignity and ensure equity and harm reduction for our communities. The cohort uplifts decarceration through a racial justice lens and works across issue areas—housing, the carceral system, climate—with awareness the fight for anti-racist systems is intersectional.
During 2020, the first year of the coalition, the state working group championed a series of bills the State Legislature passed:
- HALT Solitary Confinement Act (S2836/A2277A);
- Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA; S854A/A1248A);
- Decriminalizing syringes and removing the ESAP limit (S2523/A868);
- Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act (S1144A/A5576A); and
- Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act (HONDA; S5257C/A6593B)
On October 5, 2021, the Buffalo Common Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Clean Slate Act (S1553A/A6399)—becoming the first municipality to do so in Western New York. Tanvier approached Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt about Clean Slate, who became a champion for the resolution, filing it with the Council.
Tanvier worked with the City of Buffalo, service providers, and community organizations to implement LEAD, a law enforcement assisted (pre-arrest) diversion program. As the Buffalo LEAD Working Group Coordinator, she facilitated meetings between stakeholders and worked with the City to finalize the memorandum of understanding. She will serve on the policy coordinating group to roll out the public health framework that reduces both harm and recidivism, equipping officers with an alternative to arrest that addresses underlying needs and the mass incarceration crisis.
As a contract Communications Lead for Freedom Action Now, she developed campaign and marketing strategies for the Wisconsin-based Black and Southeast Asian nonprofit.
She is the first Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals member to complete the National Urban League Washington Bureau’s (congressional) Certificate in Advocacy Program. The former Community Service chair, Tanvier is also a Western New York Peace Center board member and Racial Justice Task Force chair, and Amherst Community Diversity Commission board member.
Tanvier is currently an active member of the Working Families Party WNY chapter, district PTSA council delegate and Shared Decision-Making Committee member, and serves on the PTA board of her children’s school. She earned her Master of Public Administration with a public policy focus from the University of Baltimore, receiving the College of Public Affairs’ 2021 Dean’s Advisory Council Award for Academic Excellence.
When she’s not advocating for policy, Tanvier enjoys time with her husband, a first-gen Afro-Panamanian, and their two young sons. Tanvier lives for long walks through Target aisles, barre classes, and her daily snack fix. She’s an avid romance novel reader and is gearing up to publish her first in a standalone series in 2022.