"The world is as you dream it." ~ John Perkins
Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor is an attorney by day and a writer by night. She is inspired to write by her three daughters and her own bifurcated upbringing between The Bronx and Caguas Puerto Rico. Presently, she is working on a variety of literary projects.
Yadhira was born in the Belmont section of The Bronx in 1973. She was born to Puerto Rican parents who moved there from Barrio Borinquen Caguas, Puerto Rico. She is a product of both the New York City public school system and the Puerto Rico public schools. She served as a Military Police Officer in the US ARMY Reserve, assigned to the 812th MP Co., 800th MP Brigade in New York State from1992 to 1998.
A graduate of the City University of New York, she received her B.S., magna cum laude and M.A., in Criminal Justice in 1999 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She graduated from New York Law School in 2002.
Upon graduation from law school, Yadhira was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County where she prosecuted numerous cases until 2006 when her career journey led to an appointment as an internal prosecutor for the NYC Police Department. She prosecuted corruption inside the department until 2009 when she became an administrative hearing officer for the NYC Department of Education. Yadhira is also an adjunct professor at Monroe College in the Bronx at the School of Criminal Justice, where she is helping shape the next generation of Criminal Justice practitioners. She is an advocate for literacy and volunteers frequently at events promoting reading, learning, and access to books.