Upon graduating from Taft, Tamara attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor's degree in biological basis of behavior. After Penn, she went abroad to Tokyo, Japan, where she taught English to and managed diverse classrooms of adult learners. From there, she moved to Thailand, working as an English instructor and seminar leader. At Taft, Tamara works in admissions as director of multicultural recruitment, lives in Congdon, and coaches track and weight training. She also serves as an advisor to the Girls Who Code club and Women of Color Affinity Group.