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 lives in Washington, D.C., and hails from Brooklyn, New York. She is an environmentalist focused on equity, access and community issues. Tamara 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 casts a wide net in service to the environmental community.  Among other activities, she serves as an executive board member of the DC chapter of EcoWomen since 2014. DC EcoWomen is a community of approximately 5,400 professional women who inspire each other to create a healthy and equitable society. Additionally, she is the Vice President of Professional Development where she produces the organization's signature salon and monthly educational forum-- EcoHour.

Tamara is a DC representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee, where she advocates for meaningful engagement, and responsive public resources. She is also a Director on the Board of 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. 

Previously, Tamara worked in the executive branch for the State of Maryland as the Energy Communications Manager at the Maryland Energy Administration. There she led planning and development of programmatic communications, working primarily with local and community outreach and Maryland state agencies and the Office of the Governor.

Prior to relocating to the DC Metro area, she served as 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 has developed her personal capacity on the administration of environmental 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 desire to stay rooted in public service, with specific attention to environmentally focused community, and government relations.

Tamara is strategic thinker committed to environmental advocacy in support of the poor and chronically under-served.  She has worked for over fifteen years 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 politics and neuroscience, and writing about civil society.


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