Committed to the Culture
With a vision to inspire the next generation of amazing Black women, our founder Tamieko Foster has used her 12+ years in the beauty industry to create Miss Black Pasadena. This program serves as an opportunity to merge her love for aesthetics and compliment it with a focus on inner beauty and personal development. As a mother of two, she hopes to set an example of excellence for her children, Malachi and Jada.
Natalya is a proud graduate of Howard University, where she earned her degree in Political Science. Natalya has extensive experience as a public servant, as she has served various government agencies in human services roles. She has a passion for organizational and community development. Natalya hopes to bring her vibrant and encouraging spirit to the Miss Black Pasadena team.
Dr. Shamara Graham is an accomplished policy shaper, skilled educational leader, and influential advocate whose work has vastly improved the quality of education for thousands of students.Her strategic leadership has advanced policy, programmatic, organizing and advocacy efforts across diverse sectors that include education, criminal justice and juvenile justice reform, economic inequality and poverty, youth development, civic engagement, and children’s health. Born to two immigrants from Central America, Shamara is a graduate of Hampton University, with two masters degree and earned her Doctorate from Pepperdine University.
As a Pasadena native and mother of two girls, Maria knows the value of having positive female role models. As a board member she hopes evoke change in the community and continue to help Miss Black Pasadena grow to its highest potential. As a well known community member, Maria is dedicated to nurturing the young women in Pasadena and providing them with an array of life skills.
With over 10 years of experience in higher education, Laura Hamilton, MA, is a highly dedicated student affairs professional, committed to working with graduate and professional student populations to achieve their academic and professional goals. She is passionate about equity, inclusion, and diversity, community engagement and service, and building supportive, developmental, and meaningful relationships between Black women. As a new transplant to Pasadena, Laura is committed to being of service to others and positively contributing to her community.
As a wife and mother of 3, Honey has a passion for inspiring children and parents throughout the community. Honey serves as the NAACP Pasadena’s Branch Executive Education Committee Chairperson and is dedicated to helping families navigate the PUSD system with special interest in special needs education advocacy. With a degree in Fashion Apparel manufacturing, Honey has used her experience to serve as an invaluable member of the MBP Creative Arts Team.