Tamara is a senior communications leader in British Columbia, with 20 years’ experience in providing corporate communications, public affairs and government relations advice and support to her clients, including eight years at Canada’s top two public relations and public affairs firms. Before that she spent 11 years in public service reporting directly to Ministers and Mayors in municipal and provincial governments in B.C.
She started Coast Communications and Public Affairs in 2017, where she is the Owner and Chief Client Advisor. Tamara’s clients have included some of B.C.'s largest companies and organizations, including marine shippers, terminals and ports, business associations, regulated utilities, energy sector (including renewables, natural gas and LNG projects and associations), forestry and mining companies, associations, universities, transportation organisations, municipal governments, indigenous governments, not-for-profit organisations and others.
Tamara has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia with a focus on B.C. Indigenous nations and politics. She is an active community volunteer, and has chaired three not-for-profits boards: the Kettle Friendship Society Board, a mental health care and housing organisation supporting homeless people; Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and the Public Affairs Association of Canada BC Chapter. She is trained in public engagement and consultation through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).