Founder/Executive Director-Marquis Taylor
Blending the experience as a coach/mentor, educator, entrepreneurship through youth sports, Marquis Taylor is responsible for the sports direction of Coaching For Change, Inc. program development, administration, and fundraising.

Marquis Taylor has used basketball as his outlet for over 20 years.  Raised by a single mother in South Central Los Angeles, Marquis focused his attention on basketball in order to avoid the pressures many young, Black men face in the inner city.  He became a disciplined student both on the court and in the classroom by demonstrating leadership, motivation, and success. This structure and dedication led to a full scholarship to college, further opening more doors to opportunity.

Marquis Taylor graduated from Stonehill College in 2006 with a degree in Communications.  Upon graduating, he worked for four years in real estate finance in capital markets and low income housing tax credit sector.

In 2011, Marquis completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Smith College, and started a non-profit called Coaching For Change, Inc. It is Marquis’ belief that sports can be used to teach kids valuable leadership skills through coaching.  His goal is to provide pathways through sport to help at-risk teenagers reach their full potential, graduate from high school, develop important entrepreneurial skills, and empower them to make a change in their own lives and their community.

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Partner/Education Director – Liza Talusan

Liza works closely with Coaching For Change, Inc through grant writing, curriculum support, and educational equity issues, particularly in providing access to higher education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child Development from Connecticut College, her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from New York University, and is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Higher Education Administration Program. Liza has taught at the K-12 level, coordinated teaching and learning programs that are focused on student centered practices, and ran outreach programs for students in academic need. She created a successful academic coaching program at a private K-12 school, taught faculty development trainings through the Breakthrough Collaborative (Long Island site), and presented teacher workshops on creating a more inclusive and engaging classroom. Her research passion is on finding ways to increase the persistence of at-risk students in high school and college.   She is also an avid runner!