Taj's interests lie at the intersections of art and social change. Her motivation is using storytelling to encourage people to embrace difference and see beyond their own lens. She is currently the Head of Logo Documentary Films, which won its first Emmy Award in 2016 for the critically acclaimed documentary Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine and a subsequent Emmy in 2017 for Out of Iraq about two gay soldiers fighting to be reunited.
At Logo, she has carefully selected films with pressing social causes. Out of Iraq was screened on the floor of the UN. Hungry highlights chefs fighting for gender and equality. The IF Project, about a Seattle police officer’s commitment to prison reform, has been selected to tour with the US State Department as a part of its cultural exchange program.
Early in her career, Taj earned her big break managing Madonna’s protégé Me'shell Ndegeocello in the mid-nineties. Me'shell, an openly bisexual recording artist, taught Taj lessons of authenticity and how to fight for the integrity of your art form. Inspired to move into film and television after working with Me'shell, Taj produced the independent film Green Dragon starring Forest Whitaker and worked with major studios to develop multi-million dollar films, such as Chasing Papi, Sofia Vergara’s American film debut. Green Dragon competed at the Sundance Film Festival and was honored with the Humanitas Prize for works that inspire human freedom. It was through running Whitaker’s production company and her experience as an executive at MTV Films where she worked on Election, Varsity Blues and supervised The Wood, that she earned a reputation for being clear, effective and compassionate when dealing with everyone from A-list stars to up-and-coming filmmakers.
Taj divides her time between work, writing, travel and service. She is a former board member of Outfest Los Angeles, the world’s largest LGBT film festival and the former co-chair for Outfest’s first multicultural film festival. She is a mentor for Women in Film and a member of Georgetown University’s Alumni Entertainment and Media Alliance.