Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Taekia Blackwell | Board President

Taekia Blackwell is the Chief Operating Officer of Mischief Management, which fosters fandom and celebrates community through unique fan experiences and awesome events like LeakyConBroadwayCon, and Con of Thrones. She is also a long-time member of the HPA community.  Taekia began volunteering with the Harry Potter Alliance in 2009, before taking on a full time role with the organization from 2011-2012. She also worked with the HPA to bring to life the first annual Granger Leadership Academy. Taekia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School of Management. She is a proud Ravenclaw, NYC resident, and is always willing to talk television, film, and fandom with anyone who will listen.

Clint Carney | Treasurer

Clint Carney is a CPA working for an online targeting and data management company in Massachusetts. For years, Clint was a Harry Potter skeptic until a college assignment required him to read The Prisoner of Azkaban and he has been a fan ever since. Clint has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Bentley University and a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also teaches night classes. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and his dog, Yager.

Alan Mygatt-Tauber | Ombudsperson

Alan Mygatt-Tauber is an attorney in Washington State.  His love of fantasy was sparked when he first read the Hobbit when he was four, and his love of activism was sparked in high school and college when he participated in speech and debate.  He enjoys spending time with his family, practicing his hobby of photography, and running his podcast "Summary Judgment."  After getting his Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Oregon, he earned his J.D. from the George Washington University and in addition, he holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, where he also spent five years teaching.  Unsurprisingly, he is a Ravenclaw.