Tamela joined Hollingsworth Funds in October 2015. She is responsible for managing Funds’ grantmaking portfolio which includes developing and maintaining a deep understanding of our nonprofit partners as well as the relationship that those partners have to multi-stakeholder initiatives focused on increasing economic mobility. Tamela has more than twenty years of experience in philanthropy, government affairs, community outreach and teaching, most recently for the Mary Black Foundation as Program Specialist for Early Childhood Development. While there, Tamela was responsible for developing and implementing effective grantmaking strategies to extend the impact of the Foundation’s investments. She is a Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow, Furman University Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative Fellow and currently serves as a board member of the Upstate Housing Network, the steering committee of the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, and the annual planning committee of Southeastern Council of Foundations. She is a graduate of University of South Carolina at Spartanburg with a Master of Education degree from Converse College.