Taj I. Matthews is the President and CEO of the Claude & ZerNona Black Developmental Leadership Foundation, where he works to preserve legacy and works of his late grandparents. In this role, he operates several community outreach programs such as: Youth leadership programs designed to mentor and develop at risk teens and juvenile offenders, Senior citizen assistance programs and the creation of the Claude Black Heritage Center and Research Library.
Previously, he served as senior manager for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Amicus Holdings, where he supervised a staff of 15 managers and 500 representatives. He was awarded Banking Manager of the Year for two years with trips to both Puerto Rico and Cancun.
Taj serves on the board of People’s Choice Federal Credit Union, San Antonio Association of Black Journalists, Barber Shop Talk (Men Mentoring) and the San Antonio Empowerment Zone.
He is the author of two books Grandpa Was A Preacher: A Letter To My Grandson with the late Rev. Claude Black Jr. , They Call Me Everything But A Child of God and is a contributing author . He is also been a featured columnist for The Florida Time’s Union, WJXT Channel 4, and The Atlanta Martin Luther King Center’s Realizing the Dream Organization.
After residing in Jacksonville for 17 years, Taj returned to San Antonio with his wife Cheryl Lynette Matthews, daughter De’Asia and son Taj Omari to serve his native community.