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Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Tamara Copeland joined the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September 2006. In this position, she leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Before this position, Copeland served as the President of Voices for America’s Children for almost 10 years. Her vision and leadership were instrumental in transforming what was the National Association of Child Advocates, an association focused solely on supporting state and local child advocacy organizations into Voices for America’s Children, a national advocacy organization with member groups in almost every U.S. state.

Prior to joining Voices, Copeland was Director of the National Health & Education Consortium. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bobby Scott as his chief advisor on health, human services, and education issues. Before that she was the Director of the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality, an initiative of the Southern Governors' Association and the Southern Legislative Conference. Copeland also served as Director of the Office of Prevention of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, and as Deputy Director of the Virginia Division for Children.

Copeland received her B.A. in sociology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and her M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.