Founder & CEO, She's the First
Tammy oversees business strategy, communications, development, and brand partnerships for the education nonprofit She's the First, which she founded in 2009. She is a sought-after TEDx and public speaker who keynotes events for corporations, students, and philanthropists.
In 2015 and 2016, Tammy led She's the First to million-dollar revenue years. She has attracted support from Glamour’s The Girl Project, NoVo Foundation, Andrew & Ann Tisch Foundation, Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, American Express Foundation, and Unilever, among others.
At age 23, Tammy had an idea for a social media-driven campaign that would inspire Millennials to fundraise for girls’ education in low-income countries. She shared her idea for She’s the First with a Facebook friend, Christen Brandt. On November 1, 2009, they launched it in the form of a YouTube video. That one video became a movement that now reaches millions and has changed life outcomes for more than 800 STF Scholars in 11 countries.
Previously, Tammy worked for Hearst Magazines, where she founded three profitable digital properties for Seventeen.com and became Seventeen’s first social media editor, a position in which she earned top industry honors.
Tammy is a first-generation college graduate who attended The College of New Jersey, earning a B.A. in journalism, summa cum laude. Voted “Most Shy” in her high school yearbook, Tammy is anything but shy today. She is an outspoken, contagiously passionate leader who has been shortlisted by Fast Company, Forbes, and Marie Claire. She is the 2013 recipient of Diane von Furstenberg’s People’s Voice Award and a 2016 Women's eNews 21 Leaders Award. One of her personal triumphs was finishing the NYC Marathon in 2014 and sponsoring nine STF Scholars in the process.
The very first major recognition I received was Most Shy in my high school year book--and that remains my most treasured "honor" to this day, because without it, I wouldn't have become the woman I wanted to be.
- 2013 Diane Von Furstenberg's People's Voice Award
- The College of New Jersey's first-ever Young Alumni Award
- Association of Fundraising Professionals' Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award (2015)
- Forbes.com's 30 Under 30 in Education
- TIME.com's 30 Under 30: World Changers
- Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business 1000 (2014) & League of Extraordinary Women (2012)
- Marie Claire's 20 Women Changing the World (September 2014)
- Glamour's 20 Amazing Young Women at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards
- Marc Fisher's #MAKEYOURMARC with Karlie Kloss
- Carrie Hammer's "Role Models Not Runway Models" NYFW Show (February 2014)
- Barbie Global Advisory Council
- The Medici Group
- Melane Verveer & Kim Azarelli's Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power & Purpose (page 140-141, 143)
- Lindsey Pollak's Becoming the Boss & Getting From College to Career
- Ann Shoket's The Big Life
- Hannah Brencher's If You Find This Letter
- Billee Howard's WECommerce