Mrs. Tamara Jackson is a powerful force in the cultural and social justice spheres of New Orleans. As volunteer President of the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force, Tamara has achieved reforms on behalf of all local parading social aid and pleasure clubs. Tamara is also the President of VIP Ladies and Kids SAPC in as a victim-survivor of violence herself, Tamara joined SilenceIsViolence in 2009 as a volunteer consultant pertaining to victim services. She took over management of the SilenceIsViolence Victim Allies Project in 2010, and accepted responsibility over all SilenceIsViolence programs when the Board of Directors appointed her Executive Director in 2011.
Tamara possesses a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Master’s in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social and Community Services. Tamara received her national certification as a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist/Advocate in 2014. Tamara responds to every homicide in the city of New Orleans with Orleans Parish Coroner office. She has been an integral part of training New Orleans Police Department new recruits on victim assistance and elder abuse. She is a certified law enforcement elder abuse instructor, sexual assault advocate, crisis intervention specialist, and a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team in New Orleans. Tamara has been influential in policy change in the city of New Orleans for the cultural community and victims. She has conducted victim assistance and cultural diversity trainings for law enforcement officers. She has facilitated seminars and workshops on victim services, domestic violence, human trafficking, and cultural diversity at various organizations throughout Louisiana. Prior to her work with victims and their families, Tamara worked for the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Mental Health for 18 years.