Yata Caine Thompson

Research Coordinator

As Research Coordinator for the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, Yata Caine is committed to bridging the gap of diversity for all black men and boys. She brings to the team, a wealth of expertise, historical knowledge, and a heart of service. During her tenure with the Council, she served in the capacities of Research & Training Specialist, Management Analyst, and esteemed Council member.

Prior to joining the team, she served as an Instructor at Florida A&M University within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, where she mentored students and taught courses such as Research Methods, Statistics, Theories of Criminal Behavior, and Race, Class, & Justice. Additionally, she co-authored a supplemental textbook that highlighted notable African Americans who have made significant contributions in the field of criminal justice. During her ten-year tenure with the Office of the Attorney General, Yata also served as a Research & Training Specialist and Agency Grant Writer where she was responsible for preparing and submitting grants on the agency’s behalf and the grant management of thirty Crime Stopper Trust Fund grantees and the Pinellas County Urban League.

Aside from bring a Research Coordinator, Yata serves on the Board of Directors for The Life Source, a non-profit organization created to meet the growing demands of educational, social, economic, health, and humanitarian needs within the Tallahassee community. She also serves as board secretary for the Board of Directors at her local church.

Yata earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in Criminal Justice, both from Florida A&M University. She also earned a Master of Science in Criminology from Florida State University. She enjoys journaling, community service, and investing in her personal development.