Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.— James Baldwin
Arriving in Portland with her family in 1998 from the former Yugoslavia, Tanja views society through an intercultural lens and brings an informed understanding of immigration and refugee issues to her work at MG.
As Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations, Tanja plays a highly collaborative role and works with the agency’s leadership in setting and implementing the vision, priorities and strategy for Metropolitan Group. These include, but are not limited to, overseeing strategic business initiatives from development through successful execution, creating and implementing agency-wide Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives and programs that improve employee engagement, and working closely across all functions of the agency to drive internal projects and plans. Tanja also plays a key role in providing high level support to the Creative Director/Founder.
Tanja is passionate about social justice, organizational change management and culture building at MG/ISMG. She regularly attends community-led trainings and workshops related to: anti-racism, healing justice and JEDI centered organizational change—these practices inform and deepen her work at our organization.
Prior to MG/ISMG, Tanja worked at a local law firm, property development firm, and she also worked as a freelance video and film producer.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with a focus on political philosophy, from Portland State University.
Tanja volunteers for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and their Time-Based Art Festival. She is regularly involved with the local art community in Portland and is currently working on a feature length documentary film about local dance artist Gregg Bielemeier.
When not hosting extravagant dinners for friends, she is traveling to exciting places with her partner, and collecting rare vinyl from the former Yugoslavia.