The Autism Community in Action (TACA) Names Dianne Chaves as Program Director

June 23, 2021


IRVINE, Calif. (June 24, 2021) – The Autism Community in Action (TACA) announced Dianne Chaves has joined the organization as Program Director to oversee and lead TACA’s Autism Education Program including the Empowerment and Support Initiatives. With more than 15 years of experience in education, non-profit management and community organizing, Chaves will provide strategic guidance to the national program staff and chapter volunteers in 30 states.

Previously, Chaves was the founding principal of Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Bronx, N.Y. In a short period, Chaves increased the first-year promotion rate from 68 percent to 92 percent and achieved 89 percent matriculation to 4-year colleges and universities. In addition, she has extensive experience as a leadership coach, mentoring school leaders to implement research-based techniques. 

Chaves is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and earned a Master of Education from Chestnut Hill College in Pa. She resides with her husband and two sons in Irvine, Calif.  

About The Autism Community in Action (TACA)  

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000 with the mission to provide education, support and hope to families living with autism. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif. with staff and volunteers working across the country. TACA offers: Coffee Talks – free educational meetings, webinars, a parent mentor program, an online Hope and Help support group, an annual National Autism Conference, and a free Autism Journey Guide given to newly diagnosed families. TACA has a strong social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information visit