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Tatiana Cunningham

Event Planner Manager
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Tatiana Cunningham's Experience

Tatiana Cunningham is a dedicated mother of three who lives in Little Elm, Texas. She is deeply passionate about her community and has over 25 years of experience working with children. For 18 years, Tatiana worked in the nonprofit sector, providing essential services for formerly incarcerated individuals and those struggling with chemical dependency, homelessness, and domestic violence.

In 2013, Tatiana became the owner of a transportation company in Albany, New York, with a mission to provide affordable travel services for low-income families visiting their loved ones in prisons. She also significantly impacted the event industry by opening the first black women’s banquet hall in Upstate New York. Hosting over 2,500 events, Tatiana left a lasting impression and decided to transition into larger events.

2018, Ms. Cunningham took a step further and founded the Capital of New York State Black Expo and the 2023 non-profit Bluebird Organization scholarship program. These initiatives were launched to offer opportunities and support for her community. Guided by her grandmother, Anette DeLavallade, an influential entrepreneur and trailblazer in the Chicago, Illinois & Albany, New York community, Tatiana honed her entrepreneurial skills from a young age and has been enterprising since she was eight. She continues to inspire and encourage small businesses’ success locally and nationally, firmly believing that entrepreneurship can drive life-changing success and evolution.

Tatiana’s remarkable contributions have not gone unnoticed. She has received congressional recognition and has been honored with prestigious awards such as the YWCA Northeastern NY Diversity & Inclusion Award, Kazi Award, CNYS Black Expo Torch Bearer Award, Queens of Inspiration Award, and The Women Who Rock Award. Her expertise has been featured in prominent publications, including the Albany Business Review, The Saratogian, and Times Union (

Furthermore, Tatiana will be recognized as the Grand Marshal for the Juneteenth Hair Day Parade in 2024. She will also receive the first Black and Latino Achiever Adult Award for the YMCA Black Latino Achievers Program in the Capital District of New York. Tatiana’s involvement in event planning spans over 25 years, encompassing fundraisers, galas, craft shows, holiday events, and more. She continues to leverage her learned lessons, experiences, and wisdom to contribute to the growth and dev
development of the next generation.

Tatiana Cunningham

Event Planner Manager

(214) 617-5770