Tamara Walker

Tamara Walker

Tamara Walker is a Program Analyst for the City of Oakland's Economic and Workforce Development. She currently serves as the business engagement and services analyst for the Oakland Workforce Development Board OWDB). Her primary responsibility is the development of services to businesses that have a clear linkages between workforce development activities and employers’ needs. She has been instrumental in facilitating several workforce initiatives including the Dental Assistant programs, the City of Oakland's Health & Human Services Early Childhood Education pre-apprenticeship, and the culinary pre-apprenticeship with Alternative Education, community partners, community college and industry employer partners. She also created the Oakland Workforce Collaborative, a partnership between local workforce development organizations and employers. Ms. Walker is a veteran grant writer with more than 20 years of experience and has successfully secured grants at local, state, federal, and foundation institutions totaling over $20M.

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Tamara Walker is a Program Analyst for the City of Oakland’s Workforce Development Board and oversees business engagement and services. Since joining the OWDB team in 2013, she has been a catalyst for several workforce initiatives in the City of Oakland including the Dental Assistant workforce initiative, the Early Childhood Education pre-apprenticeship initiative, and the development of the Oakland Workforce Collaborative She has been instrumental in building partnerships with community organizations and businesses. Prior to the City of Oakland, Ms. Walker was the Fund Developer of the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL), for 8 years, where she was responsible for planning and coordinating all aspects of fund development, public relations, and providing leadership on all fundraising initiatives including special events, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, donor cultivation and grant writing. As fund developer, she raised over $10M to help build RPAL Youth One-Stop Center. Ms. Walker has over 24 years of experience in youth and workforce development and has previously been the Youth Program Manager for the City of Richmond’s Employment & Training Programs. She was instrumental in creating the private sector summer employment program, early adoption of the Workforce Investment Act, and securing funding to open 2 transitional houses for runaway and homeless youth. She also authored several OJJDP demonstration grants and governor 15% grants for working with at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth.

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