Tamara is the IWMF’s Program Coordinator and works on a number of IWMF programs including the Fund for Women Journalists, the Emergency Fund, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, the Islamic Culture and Arts in the U.S. Program, and the Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program.
Before the program’s conclusion in 2018, Tamara was primarily responsible for facilitating fellowships as part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. She has led fellowship reporting trips in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda, working to support and facilitate journalists’ reporting. On a typical day you can find Tamara on the hunt for coffee, writing, sketching, or on her bike, #bikegang.
Her interest in journalism began in Lebanon at The Daily Star and Executive Magazine, and moved on to include a strong passion toward non-profit work focusing on human rights issues and gender equality during her time at Human Rights Watch, the National Democratic Institute, and the International Women’s Media Foundation.
As a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and International Relations, Tamara specialized in the Middle East and North Africa region and intercultural communications. She speaks English, French, and Arabic.