Nov 2016


Juris Doctor
Vermont Law School

Masters of Environmental Law and Policy
Vermont Law School

BA, Political Science
The City College of New York (CUNY)


Focus Areas

  • Environmental Issues

  • Strategic Planning

  • Board Development

  • Community Outreach

  • Technical Writing


Tamara is a native New Yorker and environmentalist focused on equity, access and community. She develops capacity building programs and creates multimedia campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access healthy air, clean energy, and a toxic free economy at the local, regional, and national level.

Tamara is the executive director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN) based in Baltimore, Maryland. MdEHN levels the playing field for vulnerable populations in service to its mission to promote the elimination of exposures to environmental threats to improve human health. 

Tamara casts a wide net in service to the environmental community.  Among other activities, she is the co- chair of the DC chapter of EcoWomen. DC EcoWomen is a community of approximately 6,000 professional women who inspire each other to create a healthy and equitable society. During her tenure on the Executive Board she has held several positions including vice president of Professional Development where she produced the organization's signature salon and monthly educational forum - EcoHour.

Tamara is the vice chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee, where she advocates for meaningful engagement and responsive public resources. She is a director on the Board of Directors for Women’s Voices for the Earth, a mighty organization based in Missoula, Montana, where she supports science based advocacy that gives voice to women fighting  to protect their health from toxic chemicals. She is also co-chair of the Green Leadership Trust. 

Tamara has over fifteen years of cross-sector environmental experience. Prior to moving to non-profit work she held several positions in state and local government including Energy Communications Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration in Annapolis, and a Legislative Fellowship at the District Department of Energy and Environment, among others. 

Prior to relocating to the DC Metro area,  Tamara was the Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Douglas A. Brady, and the Senior Sitting Judge Julio A. Brady (deceased) at the Superior Court of the US Virgin Islands on St. Croix.

Tamara developed her early aptitude for environment and justice issues through internships with the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, The Environmental Protection Agency, the Center on Race, Poverty and Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, and employment with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

To date, the defining characteristic of Tamara’s career has been a commitment to public service with specific attention to environmentally focused community, and government relations.

Tamara is a strategic thinker, committed to environmental advocacy in support of the poor and chronically under-served.  She has worked relentlessly to promote equity in environmental protection and enforcement, with particular attention to community capacity, mobilization, access to opportunity, and reduction of health disparities.  

Her hobbies include travel, yoga, slowly reading books about energy, politics, and neuroscience, and writing about civil society.


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