Tamaya Dennard

Social and Civic Innovation Specialist

Tamaya has been curious about the world around her since she was a young girl. That curiosity has inspired her to take an ever-evolving journey to understand that world, and the people in it, more deeply. 

With a degree in International Business from the University of Cincinnati, Tamaya worked in the corporate and private sector for a number of years. Still, civic service had always been important to her, and she was compelled to understand the root of policies – and better understand how decisions were being made. Now a Cincinnati Council Member, Tamaya began working in government as a political strategist for city council member P.G. Sittenfeld. While there, she was able to ensure that marginalized communities could be considered more by policymakers. Beyond the political trail, her community work earned her recognition as a 2014 Forty Under 40 Honoree and a 2017 Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwest Ohio Affirmed Honoree.

Advocacy for equity is Tamaya’s passion. Whether it’s writing op-eds for the local newspaper on gender disparity in sports, giving a TEDx Talk about the lack of women in legislative roles, or asking people to become more engaged in local politics, Tamaya knows there will only be more equity in our world when people of all backgrounds, cultures, genders, incomes have decision-making power and opportunity.

Creative Outlets: Cooking, writing
Causes: Social and economic justice, Black Lives Matter, equity, women’s health care and equal pay

Contact Tamaya: tamaya@d-impact.org


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