Program Associate, Peace and Security Funders Group

As program associate at the Peace and Security Funders Group, Tamaki (she/her/hers) supports the team across all programs and activities. Prior to this role, she served as program coordinator for the US–Japan Council, connecting American and Japanese interests throughout sectors. Tamaki also has experience with student and union organizing around academia and race through her role as academic officer at the University of York Students’ Union. She is part of United Philanthropy Forum’s 2020-2021 Racial Equity Peer Learning Cohort, as well as the Focal Point for Gender Champions in Nuclear Security. Tamaki holds a BA in politics with international relations from the University of York, in England.

I am most excited to work on projects that… introduce me to people from different sectors, bringing in creative elements that I wouldn’t normally have access to in my job.

I am looking for partners who can help me… grow and learn more about systems and perspectives from different organizational positions.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when funders talked about their own definitions of what risk was to their organization, and how to mitigate as well as embrace those risks within grantmaking. It felt like an important moment, because I learned about their challenges as well as their own attempts to change their thought process with their peers. 

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are ones I don’t know about yet!

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