Tami is committed to catalyzing the many ways in which people from diverse backgrounds can work together to create the just, free, sustainable, and equitable future to which we all aspire. Tami has built a solid reputation as an advocate for social change through her successes in political advocacy, social work, and public health. She maintains a vision of a better future for all and demonstrates a commitment to innovative problem solving. Tami seeks opportunities that challenge her to think strategically and to work in collaboration for inclusion of all voices.
Tami Gouveia is a progressive Democrat with a solid record of working to ensure that people have what they need to achieve their fullest potential. She was first inspired to run for elected office as a volunteer for Senator Ted Kennedy's 1995 campaign against Mitt Romney. Tami has spent the last 25 years fighting for equality and opportunity for all. On Beacon Hill, Tami will advocate for:
• single payer healthcare
• 100% renewable energy and environmental protections
• a living wage and paid family leave
• investments in education
• investments in transportation
• a strong social safety net for our communities’ most vulnerable
• getting dark money out of politics
Immediately following the 2016 Presidential election, Tami founded the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington, DC, and was part of the national leadership team of state organizers. She co-led more than 10,000 diverse Massachusetts women and their allies to attend the march, making it the second-largest delegation after New York State’s. Acting on her commitment to diversity and inclusivity, Tami helped establish a scholarship fund that provided 130 bus tickets to marchers who otherwise could not afford to attend. The Women’s March created a groundswell of new political activists who continue to work tirelessly for Democratic candidates and progressive causes and policies. Tami is most proud when marchers tell her that the Women’s March changed their lives, and that they are committed to staying active in the fight for human rights, justice, and our democratic principles.
In recent years, Tami has worked on several statewide ballot initiative signature drives, including those to increase the Massachusetts minimum wage, to secure earned sick time and paid family leave for all Massachusetts workers, and to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which permits undue corporate influence on our government. Tami has offered testimony to the State Legislature in support of reproductive justice, immigrant rights, worker rights, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, Safe Communities, and public health policies to protect youth and families. Early in her public health career, she conducted environmental health policy research at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell, which supported the Act for a Healthy Tomorrow legislation to protect human health and the environment. As Assistant Director of the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities, Tami provided expertise to substance abuse prevention coalitions. As Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass, Tami negotiated tobacco prevention legislation with several lawmakers and fought to pass policies to protect the health and well-being of young people in our Commonwealth.
Strategic Problem Solver
In 2007, Tami founded and chaired the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention, which received $1 million in early federal and state funding to address the opioid crisis and prevent youth substance abuse. In partnership with city agencies, the coalition piloted innovative approaches to reducing overdose deaths, including training, prescription drug take-back programs, and public health and law enforcement partnerships.
Currently, Tami serves as a Project Director at The Rippel Foundation, where she leads the ReThink Health research and development portfolio. She works with many communities to enhance their health, and is leading internal efforts to support principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the foundation’s work.
Tami was honored to receive the 2017 Portuguese Heritage Day Award from the Massachusetts Legislature, the 2015 Mt. Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award, the 2014 Mt. Holyoke College Changemakers Recognition Award, and the 2014 Massachusetts Public Health Association Alfred Frechette Public Health Leadership Award.
Tami graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in politics where she studied environmental racism. She later earned Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University; she is currently exploring effective opioid policies for a Doctorate of Public Health.
As a resident of Lowell, and now of Acton, Tami has been active in her communities and has volunteered for campaigns of Democratic candidates. In 2012, Tami served as Finance Director for Senator Jamie Eldridge’s campaign. Currently, she is a member of the Acton Democratic Town Committee, the Acton Nursing Services Advisory Committee, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, the League of Women Voters–Acton Area, the Sisterhood at Congregation Beth Elohim, the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, and the Three Rivers Affinity Group chapter of Progressive Massachusetts.