Tamela joined Hollingsworth Funds in October 2015 as Manager of Strategic Initiatives. She was named Vice President of Strategic Initiatives in January 2019 and is responsible for philanthropic strategy, an $8 million grant portfolio, and community engagement strategies seeking to advance the Funds’ mission to ensure a vibrant and successful Greenville County where everyone has a meaningful opportunity to achieve their highest potential. Tamela has more than a decade of experience leading portfolio’s connecting funders, community partners, and nonprofits to envision, design, and implement initiatives that address education and workforce development, early childhood development, and in support of community economic development.
Tamela received a Master of Education from Converse College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from University of South Carolina Upstate. She currently serves on the board of Together SC, Nonprofit Alliance, ReGenesis CDC, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, MedEx Advisory Board, and is a member of the Steering Committee of SC Grantmakers. She is a Hull Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Leadership Spartanburg, and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Institute.
Tamela is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Macedonia Baptist Church where she serves as the Music Coordinator.