Tahesha Way grew up in the Bronx, New York and is the daughter of parents who worked for the New York City Transit Authority. Her father was a bus driver and her mother was a railroad clerk. At age 19, Tahesha learned how to overcome extreme adversity after surviving a brain hemorrhage. Through hard work and will, she has built a storied career in law, public service, and the media.
A former Administrative Law Judge for the state of New Jersey, she cultivated her commitment to public service while earning her undergraduate degree at Brown University. While attending Brown, she served as the Vice President of the NAACP, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, taught religious education, and was a radio announcer for WBRU-FM. Upon graduation from Brown, Tahesha attended the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville. At UVA, Tahesha served as a law clerk for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, the United Steelworkers of America, and for Polygram. Also while attending UVA, Tahesha served as the Social Chair for the Black Law Students Association, acted as a Peer Advisor, was a Big Sister with Action for Better Living, and was a member of the Articles Review Board for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
After law school, she worked for Court TV providing legal research, editing segments, and writing scripts and trial stories for the Executive Producer of the “Prime Time Justice Show,” which aired daily. She then became an associate at the general practice law firm of Steven A. Varano in Totowa and an adjunct English Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
In July 2006, Tahesha was appointed to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and was later elected that following November. In 2008, she became the Deputy Freeholder Director, and in 2009, Tahesha served as the Freeholder Director. During this time, she also served as a councilmember for The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council.
For approximately five years, Tahesha served as an Administrative Law Judge for the state of New Jersey. She has also taught administrative law and practice at Fairleigh Dickinson, and presented on this topic for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Tahesha presently is special counsel for The Passaic County Board of Social Services.
She is currently the president of the Women Empowered Democratic Organization of Passaic County, which is a political organization dedicated to empowering Democratic women by increasing their participation with the goal of achieving greater equality in the political process. She also serves as a board member for Celebrate New Jersey Now, which is a social welfare nonprofit that promotes voter engagement and small business growth in the state.
Tahesha is the mother of four daughters, and she is married to Charles Way, who has had a 21 year career as a player for the New York Giants and then an executive for the NFL. Tahesha has been a member of the New York Football Giants Wives’ Organization, the New Jersey State Bar Association, Garden State Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, and Association of Black Women Lawyers.
The family resides in Wayne, New Jersey and attends the Hawthorne Gospel Church.