Tamar Datan


Senior Advisor

Tamar joined NPAG in 2015, as its first Senior Advisor, with 30 years of nonprofit experience as a board member, officer, funder, chief executive, program manager, consultant, advocate, and advisor. 

After an early career in education, Tamar worked in philanthropy as Venture Fund Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts – where she developed and managed a $100M interdisciplinary grants portfolio – and then moved to conservation, becoming Vice President and Director of the Compatible Ventures Group at The Nature Conservancy, and subsequently serving as Executive Vice President at the Amazon Conservation Team.  She returned to education as the founding Executive Director at TrueSpark, a start-up promoting character education through film. Along the way, she consulted with an array of private foundations and public charities on board development, strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and executive leadership.

In addition to diverse day jobs, Tamar has served on 14 nonprofit boards and public service commissions (chairing six of them) in the areas of education, conservation, economic development, housing, community engagement, and social justice.  She currently serves as Vice Chair of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities; Stewardship and Social Justice Chair at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun; and Board Chair at All Ages Read Together, where she was founding Treasurer.

Tamar knows first-hand the impact a talented leader can have on an organization, and loves bringing compelling missions and personal passions together.  That love led her to executive search, where she has finally found her true calling.  She relishes discovering the specific challenges and opportunities of mission driven organizations, especially during leadership transitions, and delights in getting to know the lessons and ambitions of talented executives.

A native of Jerusalem, Israel, Tamar also lived in Illinois, West Virginia, and Indiana, before earning a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.Ed. from Harvard University.  These days, she and her Irish-Palestinian wife split their time between a farm in northern Virginia and a cottage in North Carolina. 

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