New York, New York
Tamara Backer Tepper
Joining Changing Our World in 2002, Tamara helped build and led the corporate social engagement practice, working with Fortune 500 companies to create and implement corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, employee engagement and cause marketing strategies for her clients. With a specialty in establishing public-private partnerships, Tamara’s experience represents an array of sectors and industries, and includes companies and organizations such as ConAgra Foods, Avon, OppenheimerFunds, NIVEA, Union Pacific Railroad, Walmart, ConocoPhillips, Council on Foundations and Plan USA, among others.
Tamara is also founder of One Lemon Designs, a social enterprise that empowers artisans and sustains cultural art forms in Asia by designing and bringing organic textile goods to the western market. Earlier in her career, as director of government and school relations at EF Education, Tamara worked with a network of 20,000 high schools and teachers to bring cross-cultural learning and awareness to the classroom. In addition, Tamara was a member of the team of educators and business professionals that established the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a Boston-based charter school dedicated to educating a diverse urban student population through a combination of eastern and western teaching philosophies.
An avid writer and speaker on the social sector, Tamara was a contributing writer for onPhilanthropy.com, and authored a chapter in Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy on the future of corporate employee involvement programs. Facilitation and speaking engagements have included the Council on Foundation’s Philanthropy Solutions initiative, New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Contributions Advisory Group, JK Group’s Forum on Philanthropy, Greater DC Cares Business Volunteerism Council, S.H.E. Summit and the National Restaurant Association’s Community Relations Council.
Tamara holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, with a concentration in administration, planning and social policy, and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Bates College.