About

Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC

Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC, a certified National Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Small Business Administration (SBA) Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council (WBENC) woman-owned company, as well as a graduate of the C200 Champion Program and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. The company is comprised of a suite of brands, including TDB Group Strategic Advisory, Looking Forward Lab, and Cooper + Lowe. Each of the companies has a long legacy of embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (DEIAB) in its values, collaborations, and outcomes.

About Tammy Dowley-Blackman

In addition to her two decades as an entrepreneur, Tammy’s career also includes tenures as Executive Director and Chief Development Officer for affiliates of two large national nonprofits, directing a partnership as a higher education leader and almost a decade leading the nationally recognized Diversity Fellowship, which focused on creating and training an expanded talent pipeline for the philanthropic sector. Tammy has also taught Nonprofit Management at Cambridge College and Lesley University, as well as served as a Senior Fellow for the Boston University School of Management’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a graduate degree from Harvard University.

A Breadth of Experience that Differentiates

Clients have Tammy Dowley-Blackman brings wide-ranging expertise to every project.

Experience as a senior leader
  • Executive Director of two nationally affiliated nonprofits
  • Director of Development and Advancement for three organizations
  • Founding Director of a national fellowship designed to bring more people of color into the philanthropic sector
  • Vice President supporting community foundations
Experience as a Board Member and President of the Board of Directors
  • Habitot Children’s Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Proteus Fund
  • Social Capital, Inc.
  • TSNE
  • University of North Carolina School of Law Director Diversity Initiative
Experience as an Entrepreneur
  • Founder of four companies
Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group, LLC

I have worked with Tammy on a large number of projects over the past 10+ years. From marketing and branding, to executive coaching, and strategic planning; Tammy has truly brought critical insights and support to my work that have been groundbreaking. Most recently Tammy helped us lead a cross-functional team to refine Surdna’a Thriving Cultures grantmaking strategy and then stayed to support us in clarifying and defining our measures of progress for implementation of that strategy. Tammy is collaborative, resourceful, strategic, and most importantly one of the warmest humans I know. Thanks for your ongoing commitment to helping strengthen philanthropic practice!

Common Cause engaged the Tammy Dowley-Blackman Group to support our efforts to strategically align equity and democracy. This long-term consultancy helped the staff, National Governing Board, and State Advisory Board members consider how to embed equity into every facet of the organization, including hiring, onboarding, policies, Employee Resource Groups, Management Team development, board recruitment and training, and strategic planning. Tammy and her team were with us every step of the way as trusted experts and partners.

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