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Burden of Genius

Tenaya Wallace began working in the field of organ donation in 2002 when she joined OneLegacy, the largest organ procurement organization in the United States. She created the OneLegacy Ambassador program, which trains thousands of volunteers touched by donation to inspire people Donate Life, and managed local public education initiatives.


Tenaya elevated the message of organ donation nationally as a founding board member of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float and co-creator of the float’s Rose Dedication Program. She served on the board of Donate Life America where Tenaya developed and launched National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, now celebrated each April as part of Donate Life Month.


Tenaya is the founder and current director of Donate Life Hollywood, an initiative serving as a liaison between the organ donation community and the entertainment industry with the goal of seeing more authentic and empowering stories about donation and transplantation.


Tenaya holds a Bachelors of Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans and a Masters of Public Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA. Tenaya is a native Angeleno surrounded by the entertainment industry: her  mother is a studio teacher, father is a stage hand and husband is a post production editor at A+E Networks.