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Way was appointed to the Passaic County Board of Chosen
Freeholders on July 6, 2006. She is the mother of three
children, Fallon (9), Farrah (6), Faythe (3) and is married to
Charles, a former fullback with the New York Football Giants,
who now works as the Giants’ Director of Player Development. The
Way Family resides in Wayne Township.
Freeholder Way grew up in the Bronx, New York and is the
daughter of parents who worked for the New York City Transit
Authority. Tahesha’s father was a bus driver and her mother was
a railroad clerk. Tahesha attended Cardinal Spellman High School
in the Bronx and earned an undergraduate degree in English and
American Literature from Brown University. While attending
Brown, she served as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, was the Vice President of the NAACP, taught religious
education and was a radio announcer for WBRU-FM.
As a student at University of Virginia School of Law, Way served
as a law clerk for the Virginia Legal Aid Society in
Charlottesville, Virginia, the United Steel Workers of America
in Pittsburgh, PA and for Polygram Records in New York City. In
1996 she graduated from Virginia's law school and worked for
Court TV as a Production Assistant where she provided legal
research, edited segments as well as wrote scripts and trial
stories for the Executive Producer of the “Prime Time Justice
Show”, which aired daily in primetime.
Also while attending UVA School of Law, the Freeholder 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 member of the Articles Review Board for the
Virginia Environmental Law Journal.
She was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 1998. From 2001
through 2005 Way was an English professor at Fairleigh Dickinson
University in Teaneck. In addition, Way became an associate at
the law firm of Steven A. Varano in Totowa where she currently
Within the community Freeholder Tahesha Way has supported
organizations like the United Way, Starlight Children’s
Foundation, and the Lupus Foundation. She is also a member of
the New York Football Giants Wives’ Organization and Community
Working Group. Way and her family attend the Hawthorne Gospel
In 2006, Freeholder Way will join the Health Education and
Community Affairs and Human Services Committees.