Tawnya Farris Redwood Bio

Tawnya Farris-Redwood is a native Pittsburgher who has demonstrated her passion for art, health education and economic viability for those in need through her career and avocations.

A philanthropist, entrepreneur and volunteer, Tawnya is a seasoned board member of Primary Care Health Services, Inc. that helps underserved communities. Tawnya also serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre Company where she has supported the growth and development of one of the most creative and visionary community theater company’s in the city. As a member of these boards, Tawnya gives guidance, advice and direction that fosters health and education, cultural opportunities and socio-economic advancement for thousands of Pittsburgh residents, with special emphasis of support to African American families.

During her stellar career in social services, Tawnya was clinical administrator and director for programs serving children and families with adoptions, foster parenting, parent education, and child abuse cases. She developed curriculums for providers and parents that were shared at conferences throughout the nation, including teaching incarcerated parents at the State Correctional Institute-Pittsburgh. In addition, Tawnya taught higher education courses at the University of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County and the former Duff’s Business Institute. Tawnya earned professional certifications and master’s degrees in social work and public health at the University of Pittsburgh. Tawnya is also a licensed realtor and is fortunate to serve the often complex needs of property owners.

Tawnya will tell you that her greatest passion is her family who is proud to live in the historic Hill District. The Redwood family includes nationally recognized community organizer and educator, Carl Redwood, and adult sons, Maurice and Carter. Tawnya’s favorite avocation is serving as arts manager (Momager) for her sons who are professional actors, locally, nationally and internationally.