About Tamar

I am an artist who applies creative thinking and big picture perspective to everything I do. Having spent 25 years as an award-winning environmental educator, I’ve developed my own brand of insight and skill that enables me to craft compelling outreach programs, messaging and presentations. I love helping people transform text-heavy slides into interesting images that support the narrative without making the audience read along.
I also love public speaking. I’ve presented internationally to more than 250,000 people during my career, and I understand the power of being able to raptly hold an audience’s attention while inspiring them to take action. As a result, I can successfully train others to be better public speakers. I work with people to encourage their natural voice and physical energy to come through with confidence and courage, and have witnessed the rapid transformation that happens as a result.
I believe the biggest growth area for anyone who does outreach is to distill their messaging down to what is essential in order to create efficient and compelling messaging that works. 

Employment

Environmental Education Manager (2003-2019)
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City Government Agency with a global reputation that promotes environmentally progressive policies and programs.

Education Outreach Director (1993-2001)
Rainforest Action Network
Non-profit environmental group committed to doing what is necessary to preserve rainforests, protect the climate and uphold human rights.

Creative Highlights

Writer & Producer, Forest Family Forever!
Award-winning children’s video for Rainforest Action Network.

Designer & Writer, Our Water
A curriculum unit for Grades 4-6 for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFWater.org)

Creator, Phoebe the Phoenix
Beloved SF Environment kids’ mascot that teaches about zero waste in San Francisco K-5 schools.

Designer & Writer, Food to Flowers! School Composting & Recycling Program
Award-winning, comprehensive, SF Environment outreach program including class presentations, school-wide assemblies, curriculum, and promotional materials for San Francisco K-12 schools.

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts in Art
École des Beaux Arts, Université de Poitiers, France

Awards

  • Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award (California EPA)
  • Zero Waste Achievement Award (California Resource Recovery Association)
  • Platinum Special Jury Award (WorldFest Houston)
  • Gold Eagle Award (Cine)
  • Gold Award (Catalyst)
  • Gold Medal Award – Environment & Ecology (Cindy)
  • Festival Message Award (Japanese Wildlife Film Festival)

Tamar helped me shift from text-heavy, boring slides to images that capture the attention of the audience and convey a single message. The new slides not only look beautiful, but make it much easier to present the material.

Sraddha Mehta Senior Environmental Justice Coordinator, City & County of San Francisco

I absolutely dreaded giving presentations, but since working with Tamar, I have given dozens of presentations and been on multiple panels, and now have confidence in my ability to not only make my presentation enjoyable for my audience, but also enjoyable for me. That last part is something I never thought would happen!

Zac Thompson Zero Emission Vehicle Analyst, City & County of San Francisco

The first time I saw Tamar in action was when my team was learning more about effective communication. I was stunned by how refreshing her presentation had been: simple, direct, and engaging.

Nancy Hernandez Transportation Associate, City & County of San Francisco