Taraun Tice McKnight currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Division of Family Development, in the Department of Human Services where she oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for the state, in addition to managing the policy, legal and contract functions to support the New Jersey Food Stamp, Child Care and Child Support programs. Taraun was appointed by Mayor Reed Gusciora to join the school board in October 2018.
Prior to her current role, she served as a Policy Writer for the Division of Child Protection & Permanency and a Policy Advisor to Governor Christie for Human and Social Services. In both capacities, she developed policy and proposed initiatives to support New Jersey ’s most vulnerable children and families. Taraun also previously worked in roles within state government where she provided legal counsel on labor and employment issues.
Taraun’s experience in education began in law school where she focused on special education law. There she worked as a clinical law student in the Rutgers Special Education Law Clinic providing legal representation to the parents of children with special needs against numerous school districts. She later became a Training Consultant for Rutgers University, where she trained on Special Education, Early Intervention and School Discipline issues.
Taraun has served on multiple state task forces dealing with topics to include homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence. She also engages in numerous community service projects as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Taraun graduated Magna Cum
Laude from Temple University, earning her B.A. in Political Science and African
American Studies. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where she
was President of the Black Law Student Association. She is admitted to practice
law in New Jersey. Taraun and her husband Samuel reside in Trenton, NJ. with