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Tamara Arsenault

Tamara Arsenault has more than twenty years of international development
experience, with particular expertise in municipal management, housing and
urban development, program design and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). As
Director of Innovative Partnerships, she facilitates the replication and dissemination
of innovations that create higher impact for the partner communities in the
25 countries where Global Communities works. Tamara organizes cross-sectoral
teams that transfer innovations between countries and brings in new ideas and
expertise to help local governments and citizens work together to tackle
challenging issues like climate change, improving water and sanitation
services and reducing poverty.

Tamara supports the expansion of corporate partnerships and guides strategy
development and the design of M&E systems for major programs. She
collaborated with the Center for Green Schools to internationalize the Green
Apple Day of Service. Over two years Tamara mobilized Global Communities to
organize service projects involving more than 6,700 volunteers in 7 countries
working with more than 60 schools serving more than 40,000 students. Tamara
has advised corporate partners like Chevron and Diageo on ways to standardize
and maximize the impact of their corporate community investments. She
supports the institutionalization of best practices such as development of
Global Communities’ new Appreciative Review of Capacity toolkit to help
organizations assess and strengthen their internal capacity.

Previously, as Deputy Director of Business Development, Tamara helped guide
and manage Global Communities’ growth, which generated close to $200
million in new funding for vulnerable communities. Tamara worked for USAID
for five years on housing finance, urban development and local government
reform programs. She has a dual master’s degree in public administration
and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.