Ms. Full-Figured D.M.V. 1st Runner Up 2018 Tamara Robinson
Tamara Robinson has a passion for helping individuals and groups find innovative ways to align their values with their work. Beginning her career in the organized labor movement, she was able to witness, first hand, the journey that an individual or group of workers would take from feeling disenfranchised to envisioning and creating meaningful change in their workplaces. Since those early days as a community and union organizer, Tamara has been able to evolve her work into helping others achieve levels of personal and professional success that elevate entire industries. Tamara previously served as the New York Regional Director of the Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest physicians’ union in the United States, negotiating contracts with major healthcare employers such as Rutgers University, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the Mayor’s Office of Collective Bargaining. She saw her role in those negotiations as more than just an opportunity to address wage disparities and rights on the job. She focused on ways to improve the quality of care, address workforce training and development needs, and identify ways in which workers and employers could work together to improve the social ills that lead to poor health outcomes across entire communities. Tamara currently serves as the Director of the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Funds, is a member of the Baltimore Workforce Development Board, represents Ward 4 on the Takoma Park Committee on the Environment, is a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, and has started her own consulting practice -- 5Gen Consulting. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is a JS Murphy Diversity in Labor Scholarship recipient and a graduate of the Cornell University ILR School’s Union Leadership Institute.