About Tai Wilson
Taiwanda Terry Wilson – also known as Tai – is a lifelong Trentonian with an unapologetic yet rational voice regarding social justice and inequality.
Born, October 10, 1973, Taiwanda is the daughter of Patricia Lynn Fleming and Talib Din Shabazz.
Eradicating racism and discrimination, fighting for equality and liberty for all, and focusing on issues that can improve the quality of life for Trenton residents are each extremely important to Taiwanda. She has brought awareness to these issues and continues to fight for them in many ways in both her professional and personal time.
Tai’s professional career has spanned 30 years all of which have been in serving the public. She is currently employed at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission as an Administrative Assistant within the Department of Inspection Services. Tai has also worked in the following departments within the Commission; the Office of Equal Employment and Affirmative Action, Health & Safety and Human Resources.
In her personal time, Tai has served as President of the Villa Park Civic Association, where she led a successful effort along with the city’s governing body to craft an ordinance to hold landlords accountable for maintaining the exterior of their properties. When they did not, the city would eliminate the problem and invoice the landlord for work performed. Taiwanda has maintained a working relationship with the Trenton Police Department as she understands that building relationships and establishing rapports are extremely important and vital to a community’s success.
Taiwanda has sat on many boards and commissions; including, Trenton Zoning Board of Adjustments, Mercer County Planning Board, Trenton Board of Ethics, NAACP and Trenton Partners for Development. Tai is the current President of Trenton Central High School Alumni Association. She is a former member of School Leadership Council of Trenton Central High School, School’s Facilities Advisory Board, and Trenton United Parents and Community Advocacy group (TUPAC), which organizes parent summits and parent trainings, teaching parents how to advocate for their children.
Taiwanda was a fierce and mighty dedicated member of Save Trenton High Coalition and Better High School Plan for Trenton. In these organizations, she lobbied Trenton residents, the community, and The State of New Jersey for a new Trenton Central High School. She challenged officials at public hearings regarding funding for a new school, reminding them that regardless of whose head the leaking roof might fall on, all students deserve a safe, clean and decent place to learn. Tai assisted students with a “walkout”, based on the unsafe conditions which was broadcast on the local news. Shortly thereafter, funds were released for a new school.
Taiwanda has assisted, managed and has been a candidate in local campaigns. She is a member of the Mercer County Democratic Committee, serving as the committeewoman for Trenton District East 8. Taiwanda is the recipient of several awards; including, Families and Students Together (FAST) awarded by the Trenton Para Professional Association; Women Who Get It Done Every Day, given by the Capital City Area Black Caucus; Parent Recognition awarded by the Parent Teacher Association of Trenton Central High School for her support of students, and a recipient of the Rising Star award given by the Mercer County Democratic Association.
Despite all Tai’s accomplishments, what she finds most rewarding and noteworthy is being the mother of three children, Brian, Brianna (Kevin Sr.) and Brittany, as well as grandmother to Kevin Wharton Jr.