National Co-Executive Director, The Urban Leaders Fellowship
Tamira Samuel is an education equity champion with nearly fifteen years of experience in education and public policy. She fundamentally believes Gandhi’s words, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is the power and impact of committed individuals to create and sustain change on any level that shapes the course of future generations. Tamira is the national Co-Executive Director of The Urban Leaders Fellowship, a nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming communities through people, policy, and partnerships. She has served in numerous capacities with ULF including Dallas Regional Director and Fellow. She has acted in leadership and capacity roles for Teach For America, Texas Public Charter Schools Association, Education Pioneers, Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, The Beacon Center of Tennessee, YES Prep, KIPP Texas, and Houston ISD. While in Houston ISD, she developed and implemented strategic professional development and programming for more than 2,000 teachers in 287 schools as the New Teacher Support Manager and School Support Manager. She has served as an appointed commissioner on the City of Houston Commission of People with Disabilities, chairing the K-12 Issues in Public Education committee. In addition to this work, she has served as a congressional lobbyist, policy fellow coach, nonprofit board president, charter school founding leadership team member, Peace Child International World Youth Congress United States delegate with Former Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean, former Miss Black Kentucky USA, a published author, and active alumni in several fellowships, leadership development programs, and groups. A native Tennessean, Tamira started her career in the classroom as an award-winning teacher in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System. She was a Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program Business Fellow for School Leaders in The Jesse H. Jones Business School and received the REEP Founders Award in her class. Tamira completed graduate studies in public policy and administration from Northwestern University, and has both a Master of Art in Teaching and Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University in Curriculum and Instruction and English. Tamira is a Harris County Child Advocate, half-marathon and triathlon finisher that enjoys reading, writing, running, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering in the community. She is married with four energetic children.