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Tamara Copeland was President of the Washington Region Association of Grantmakers for over 12 years, where she envisioned and implemented work that met the needs of the sector and of the region. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, policy and children’s issues having led Voices for America’s Children, the National Health & Education Consortium, and the Infant Mortality Initiative of Southern Governors’ Association and Southern Legislative Conference as well as having been Congressman Bobby Scott’s (D-VA) Legislative Director.

In 2017, Tamara was appointed as the Visiting Nielsen Fellow at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy to explore the role of philanthropy in addressing racial equity in the DC region and co-teach a graduate seminar on philanthropy and racial justice.

She authored the book Daughters of the Dream in 2018, a memoir that weaves her personal experiences growing up in Richmond, VA during the civil rights era with the broader fight for racial justice that continues to this day.