Carson Tavenner

Diana Wu

Executive Director
Tai Initiative
Carson Tavenner is the founder and executive director of The Tai Initiative, a non-profit focused on strengthening subnational leadership for the U.S. and P.R.C. in business and community exchange relationships. A 1991 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and a 2000 graduate of the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Carson served twenty years in the U.S. Air Force, spending thirteen of those years teaching World and East Asian history at USAFA and serving the Pacific Command. He now lectures in China on the US military academy model for developing character-based leaders, is the President of the Washington State Sichuan Province Friendship Association, and is the Deputy Director of Love the World, a non-profit bringing leadership training, English teacher training and medical assistance to needy Chinese communities. His growing list of professional clients in China seeking training in character-based leadership includes Mengniu, Greatview Aseptic, New World China Land (Southern), and the Changsha County government. Carson has spoken to groups on China-related topics since 1998 and continues to speak frequently to a wide variety of audiences, including the National Character and Leadership Symposium, mentoring international relations students and networking American and Chinese sub-national leaders with one another.