Associate for Strategy and Design
Center for the Study of JCM Relations
Tamar works with U.S. social change organizations and universities with a focus on the contemporary Middle East and the Abrahamic traditions. Currently, she consults to the Abd el-Kader Education Project campaign on “true jihad”. She teaches in the Masters of Public Administration Program at Westfield State University in Western Massachusetts. There, with the large veteran population at the university, she is exploring the design of a program to promote involvement of returning U.S. veterans in people-to-people peace building. Tamar is also a member of the core team for the Leading Change Network at Harvard University, whose mission is to deepen the practice of social change organizing. Her practice has ranged from working with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society; to crafting a parliamentary campaign in Kuwait; to strategic evaluations for the Fetzer Institute. Tamar was VP Education and one of three founders of American Higher Education, Inc. based in Cambridge, MA. and was Partner in Middle East Holdings, a business development firm in Boston and Dubai. Beginning as Director of Leadership Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School, she then held the position of Executive Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at Harvard. She is active on the board of directors of the Parents’ Circle and the Israel Palestine Center for Research, and was on the founding Board of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.