Tami is a strategic thinker and collaborator with a strong passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to helping others achieve their fullest potential. For over 15 years, she has worked as an effective public health leader, catalyzing policy change, leading multi-stakeholder partnerships, and co-designing and leading community health programs. Tami has an extensive record of programmatic and policy achievements that engage communities in the policy-making process to address the root causes of critical health and social service issues.
For eight years, Tami worked as the Director of Programs at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA where she planned and executed programs to prevent youth substance abuse and addiction.
In 2007, Tami founded the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention. She led and collaborated with the 30-member coalition, including law enforcement, elected officials, parents, youth, and health professionals to address the opioid crisis and address youth prevention needs with $1 million in state and federal funding.
In 2013, Tami served as the Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass where she advocated for statewide legislation to protect youth from tobacco industry tactics. Tami was an integral player in negotiating a bill to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 and to tamp down on the explosive use of e-cigarettes among minors.
Tami made history in November 2016 when she founded the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington. The statewide team mobilized 10,000 women and allies to participate in the DC March and activated diverse voices across the state to advocate for justice and equality of all women.
Currently, Tami works as a Project Director at Rethink Health/The Rippel Foundation where she leads several project teams and serves as a thought partner to several prominent initiatives, including the Well Being Legacy and the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI).
Tami graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in 1996, where she majored in politics and minored in women’s studies. She received both her Master of Social Work and her Master of Public Health from Boston University where she is currently studying opioid policies for a Doctorate of Public Health.
Tami was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts and is the daughter of two small business owners. She now lives in Acton with her two teenage sons, Cam and Joey.