Serving on the Board of Directors since 1972, Dr. Tait assumed the presidency of the Harlem Commonwealth Group from September 2004 until his retirement in April 2016.
During his tenure, his vision for the future of the Harlem Commonwealth Group sparked and promoted sustainable economic development opportunities, which benefited countless Harlem residents.
Acutely aware of the challenging socio-economic conditions community residents continue to endure, he specifically focused on implementing economic development initiatives that evolved from making numerous NYC real estate holdings profitable to structuring programs to meet the demand for quality education choices.
Educational choices, such as creating HCC’s After School Program, Arches Transformative Mentoring, and Adult Literacy Program, designed to give community residents appropriate tools to grow personally and professionally, have and continue to be measurably impactful in creating positive socio-economic change.
Above all, Dr. Tait sought to improve the lives of young people in the community who he feels should be a top priority. His passion for providing underserved youth with guidance through mentorship, and desire to see all underserved youth in the community excel, led him to establish an healthcare-related educational scholarship assistance fund and internships for bright, talented, committed young people striving for academic excellence with strong connections to the Harlem community. Dr. Tait received his VMD in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania.