TAMI'S BIO

Tami is a strategic thinker with a clear sense of passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to helping others achieve their fullest potential. She has long been an effective public health leader, catalyzing policy change, leading multi-stakeholder partnerships focused on improving population health, and co-designing and leading community health programs. Tami has a record of achieving programmatic and policy goals, addressing root causes of critical health and social service issues, and mobilizing collaborator participation.

 

TAMI'S EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

Project Director and Senior Project Associate, The Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health, Cambridge, MA

Catalyzes systems thinking and regional transformation to foster equitable, thriving, and sustainable communities for and of the future.

Leads efforts to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into organizational culture and work with partners and projects; reconfigures the organization’s approach to reflect systems thinking, resulting in effective strategies for health transformation; leads capacity development and increased learning opportunities across the organization.

 

Executive Director, Tobacco Free Mass, Framingham, MA

Successfully advocated for policies and programs in local and state environments to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

Led staff in strategic action on mission; increased partnerships and community engagement in policy and program change; conducted public health law research on recently passed Boston tobacco prevention policy; and represented the organization at state and national levels.

 

Director of Programs and Community Health Specialist, Massachusetts Health Communities, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA

Managed program planning and program execution focused on preventing, by addressing root causes of, youth substance abuse.

Facilitated strategic planning, and capacity and coalition building for the department; supervised, trained, and coached staff; conducted community assessment, leading to improved healthcare access for vulnerable populations; served on statewide data team to direct policies for opioid prevention; and implemented quality improvement plan that led to 200% increase in client satisfaction.

 

State Lead Organizer and Founder, 2017 Women’s March on Washington Massachusetts Chapter

Co-organized and co-led The Women's March on Washington Massachusetts Chapter, uniting Massachusetts women and allies across social, cultural, religious, political, and economic identities for justice and equality for all women.
Implemented organizing vision and structure to support participation of 10,000 Massachusetts women and allies in the Women’s March on Washington; led statewide team in fundraising for 130 bus-ticket scholarships for those who needed them; and continued advocacy work and lobbying efforts to fight for the rights and equity of all women and girls in the Commonwealth.

 

Founder and Chair, Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention, Lowell, MA

Led the 30-member coalition, with the City of Lowell, during its 10 years of working with $1+ million budget to prevent youth substance abuse and reduce opioid overdoses and related deaths.

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

• Adjunct Professor, Salem State College Graduate School of Social Work, Salem, MA

• Research Program Assistant, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA

• Project Manager, Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA

• Counselor, Support Committee for Battered Women, Waltham, MA

• Counselor and Supervisor, Germaine Lawrence, Arlington, MA

 

EDUCATION

• Doctorate of Public Health (expected 2020): Management, Leadership and Policy, Boston University School of Public Health

• Master of Public Health, May 2002: Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

• Master of Social Work, May 2001: Macro Social Work Practice, Boston University School of Social Work

• Bachelor of Arts, May 1996: Politics Major and Women’s Studies Minor, Mount Holyoke College

 

AWARDS

2017 Portuguese Heritage Day Award given by the Portuguese Caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature

2015 Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award

2014 Mount Holyoke College Changemakers Recognition Award

2014 Massachusetts Public Health Association Alfred Frechette Public Health Leadership Award

1996 Maurice L. Rabbino Award

1995 Victoria Schuck Scholar Award [for work with Democratic National Committee on National Convention and FEC filing]

 

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