As the Taft community looks toward the future, it also looks to those in leadership roles to advance the School in every way while building on a 130-year tradition of excellence. That forward-thinking brings new ideas and initiatives that incorporate what Taft does best with timely, creative, and meaningful responses to the ever-changing needs and demands of the global community. It is in that vein that we announce a new leadership structure for the alumni arm of the Taft School Annual Fund. In the past, the Annual Fund has been led by an alumnae/us chair. Effective November 1, 2020, the Fund will be led by co-chairs, one who identifies as male and one identifying as female. Please join us in congratulating Tamara Sinclair '05, who will join long-serving Fund leader Dylan Simonds '89 in establishing the shared leadership roles.
"Taft has always been my first home away from home and since my final days as a student, these brick buildings have beckoned me back," says Tamara, Owner of Choice Boarding Educational Consultants. "My first homecoming came when I joined the admission team traveling to further Taft's global connections and working with students to channel the lessons learned from my own transformational mentors here. Now I find that I am home again—this time with the opportunity to help Taft respond to its new call to action, and rise to the financial challenge that real institutional change demands."
After graduating from Taft, Tamara earned a degree in the biological basis of behavior from The University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she worked with elementary and junior high school students. Time teaching adults in Thailand followed, then a return to Taft as the Director of Multicultural Recruitment. In that position, Tamara traveled with the Ten Schools Admission Organization (TSAO), building valuable professional and personal knowledge and relationships along the way. All of which served her well in founding her current business, Choice Boarding Education Consultants.
"Tamara's deep connection to Taft and her dedication to helping lead the School toward the future bring great energy, fresh ideas, and optimism to our community," notes Annual Fund Director Kelsey Kerr P'07. "Dylan Simonds has done so much for the School and the Annual Fund through the years. He is thrilled to welcome Tamara to our team."
As Alumni Annual Fund Co-Chairs, Tamara and Dylan will work closely with the Alumni and Development Office—as well as Class Agents—to steward Taft's Annual fund by building strong relationships with fellow alumni and increasing philanthropic revenue and participation. During their voluntary terms, they will also serve as Ex-Officio Trustees, participate in all Trustee meetings, and sit on the Board's Development Committee. New appointees will adhere to three-year term limits. Given his history in the position, Dylan will serve for the remainder of the fiscal year in the post.
Learn more about the Annual Fund here.