July 15, 2020

Tamira Jones MachadoTamira is the Director of Program Operations, operationalizing program vision and managing the related administrative infrastructure of the Transitions Initiative. Tamira brings a strong systems background to the role, leading in designing and implementing processes to strengthen the program vision and capacity.

Tamira is a native of Northern California and spent her childhood running through the redwoods and making mischief. For the last 20 years, Tamira has worked within the environmental nonprofit sector, both in the U.S. and abroad. She most recently led the fiscal sponsorship program at Earth Island Institute for 7 years, supporting the project advisory team and its 80 projects. As the Program Manager, Tamira designed and implemented administrative systems in support of frontline activists and initiatives working to protect people and planet. While in this role, Tamira focused on developing capacity-building training and collaborative learning tools in order to seed a community of practice within an activist network.

Tamira previously worked for TransForm, a sustainable transportation and land use advocacy organization, coordinating a pilot program to promote multi-model transportation throughout the Bay Area. Tamira also spent three years planning the largest section of the California Coastal Trail through Mendocino County, resulting in permanent public access to the coastline and protection of critical habitat. In addition, Tamira lived and worked throughout the Carribean, where she studied coastal ecology, conducted coral reef and marine protected area monitoring, and developed the first place-based environmental curriculum for Jamaica.

Tamira draws on her experience working with nonprofits of all sizes and missions in order to improve, evolve, and experiment with systems and structures that are solution-focused. She has spent much of the last decade coaching grassroots activists through the founding, scaling and stabilizing phases of organizational development. She loves putting wings on visionary ideas to see them take flight. She holds a Masters of Arts in Community and Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She currently resides in Brazil with her family, studies Portuguese, and stares at the ocean.

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