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 Program Innovation Manager, 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.