Linda Tappa is the 2016-2017 External Chief of Staff for the National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”). In this role, she performs duties as assigned by the Chair in furtherance of NBLSA’s mission.
Ms. Tappa is a first-generation immigrant from Cameroon, Africa and grew up in Austin, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio (“UTSA”), where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. While at UTSA, Ms. Tappa was a Supplemental Instructor in microeconomics, Events Management Assistant at the Events Management and Conference Services, and she was awarded for excelling as a student leader, strong academic performance, and graduating early. Her leadership included being one of five Justices in the Student Government Association, coaching Public Forum debate teams at low-income schools, and community organization and voter registration drives. Ms. Tappa also participated in LeaderShape, Civil Rights and Social Justice Exploration, one of the largest MLK Day marches in the nation in San Antonio, and was Head Counselor for C5 Youth Foundation managing groups of 15-20 counselors and 80 students during month-long camp sessions.
Ms. Tappa is currently a 3L student at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she competes on the Moot Court team, is the Director of Communication and Records for the Moot Court Board, and mentors high school and college students in her community. Ms. Tappa also served as a Graduate Assistant for the Intercultural Leadership Ambassadors Program where she created leadership development programs. Prior to serving as NBLSA’s External Chief of Staff, Ms. Tappa was the 2014-2015 ACLU 1L Representative, 2015-2016 ACLU Treasurer, and 2015-2016 BLSA Chapter President. Ms.Tappa successfully led her BLSA chapter in active community engagement; forged partnerships with other local social advancement organizations; created new programs centered around building and fostering a community; and established a strong BLSA presence on and off her campus.
In addition to her organizational leadership, Ms. Tappa interned at the Bronx Defenders Office with the Criminal Justice and Probation Reform Project, performed transactional work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for nonprofits and micro enterprises, and created PR campaigns for Health Horizons International to teach rural communities in Cameroon, Africa on the importance of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Ms. Tappa enjoys being with her family, baking, sports, and adventures.