Tamara Lucas Copeland President Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Tamara was named president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September, 2006. She leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
She previously served for nearly 10 years as the President of Voices for America’s Children. Her vision and leadership were instrumental in transforming what was the National Association of Child Advocates, an association focused solely on supporting state and locally based child advocacy organizations, into a national advocacy organization with member groups in nearly every state.
Before joining Voices, Tamara was Director of the National Health & Education Consortium. She has also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bobby Scott as his chief advisor on health, human services and education issues, and served as Director of the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality, an initiative of the Southern Governors' Association and the Southern Legislative Conference. She understands state government, having been Director of the Office of Prevention of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and Deputy Director of the Virginia Division for Children.
She received her B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and her M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
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