Tamara Jackson is a powerful force in the cultural and social justice spheres of New Orleans. As volunteer President of the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force, Tamara has achieved reforms on behalf of all local parading social aid and pleasure clubs. As a victim-survivor of violence herself, Tamara joined SilenceIsViolence in 2009 as a volunteer consultant pertaining to victim services. She took over management of the SilenceIsViolence Victim Allies Project in 2010, and accepted responsibility over all SilenceIsViolence programs when the Board of Directors appointed her Executive Director in 2011.
Tamara possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. Tamara recently graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California with A specialization in mental health. Tamara received her national certification as a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist in 2014. She is a certified law enforcement elder abuse instructor and a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team in New Orleans. She has conducted victim assistance and cultural diversity trainings for law enforcement officers. She has facilitated seminars and workshops on victim services, domestic violence, and cultural diversity at various organizations throughout New Orleans. Tamara worked for the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Mental Health for 17 years.