August 7, 2020
Koya’s partnership with If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (IWH) resulted in the placement of Tammea Tyler as Chief Operating Officer. IWH envisions a transformation of the legal systems and institutions that perpetuate oppression into structures that realize justice, and a future when all people can self-determine their reproductive lives free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.
Tammea Tyler’s passion for social justice and advocacy, particularly in regards to racial injustice, gender-based violence, and child rights, has been the driving force through her professional journey in both the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.
With over 25 years of experience as an operations and program leader utilizing an anti-oppression, racial equity, and feminist lens, Tammea most recently served as the Vice President of Operations and Finance at a national social justice foundation and prior to that as the Chief Operations Officer, Strategic Development, for a national reproductive advocacy, birth justice and sexual violence intervention organization serving women of African descent. In both of these roles, she managed human resources, wellness, DEI, fund development, grants management, finance, technology, organization development, and operations. Prior to these key roles, she spent 15 years as an Executive and Vice President for a national community organization working on projects centering community needs, and gender and racial equity. As a consultant, she has worked with various foundations, corporations, and nonprofits managing grant-making funds and contracts of over 25 million dollars.
A few of her proudest achievements include a notable partnership with the Commission on Human Rights, where she developed the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education; receiving awards from Community Counseling and Mediation; being an honored recipient of the Judge Byrne award; spearheading the first ever Diversity Conference for over 1,000 professionals of color to advance their careers; and being selected to partner with the Obama Administration on two separate projects, most notably a racial equity project between the United States and South Africa.
An educator at heart, Tammea taught for many years at the university level, covering topics such as birth justice, infant/maternal mortality in Black and Brown communities, incarceration and criminal justice, child poverty, trauma, gender construction in childhood, child abuse, gender-based violence, and sex trafficking. Tammea holds her B.A. in Education with a concentration in Children’s Rights, a masters degree in Social Work (cum laude) with a major in Community Organizing, a specialization certificate in Global Social Work and a concentration in Trauma and Sexual Violence. She is also working on an MBA with a major in International Business.
Tammea is a trained birth and postpartum doula and community birth justice educator and activist. She has only offered her services in Black and Brown communities and feels this work both grounds her and centers her practice as a somatic practitioner.
Tammea has a personal interest in how trauma shows up in the workplace and therefore places a high value on self-care, wellness, and healing justice. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, supporting the arts, fantasy/sci-fi, reading, working out, and spending time with her family, including her Husky dog and two children. Her favorite food is cheese!