Tanya Pope

Assistant Vice President, University Supplier Diversity, Columbia University

Tanya E. Pope is Assistant Vice President, University Supplier Diversity at Columbia University. She heads the Construction Business Initiatives group in the Columbia University Facilities and Operations Department and is responsible for sourcing capable, diverse vendors to support the University’s construction projects and business initiatives. In addition, she oversees compliance reporting and community projects related to Columbia University’s agreements for its Manhattanville Campus expansion between the Upper Manhattan community, and the City and State of New York. Additionally, her department supports the university’s sponsored projects that require diversity spend and reporting. In 2019, Ms. Pope was instrumental in launching the Upper Manhattan Pre-Apprenticeship program for Minority, Women and Upper Manhattan workers in conjunction with Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A), The West Harlem Development Corporation and the City of New York. Four years ago, Tanya and her team launched the CU Grow: Leadership Development Program for Vendors, a program designed to help select minority-, women- and locally owned business enterprises (MWLBEs) to grow their business. Using a coaching protocol and a curriculum designed by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, the firms work to build their capacity secure larger contracts. Prior to re-joining Columbia University in 2016, Ms. Pope worked for a national non-profit, Interise. Tanya spent a decade at MTV Networks/Viacom as Vice President, Production Travel & Technology. She has owned her own consulting firm and held senior roles in government, publishing and the travel industry throughout her career. Tanya holds a B.S. in Communications Management and a M.S. in Leadership and Strategic Management, both from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Ms. Pope is currently a candidate for a M.S.in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in May 2021. She sits on the Executive Board of Directors of the Women Builders Council. In January 2020 Tanya became Chair of the USASBE, Minority & Women Special Interest Group.