Tamara Power-Drutis believes that ideas are only as strong as the stories we tell about them. As a strategic communications expert with a history of turning big ideas into action, Tamara provides storytelling services to leaders and organizations with transformative, early-stage concepts.
Tamara is the former Chief of Staff of Amplifier, the visual design lab that flooded the streets with messages of hope during the 2017 Inauguration and Women’s March on Washington. At Amplifier, Tamara provided program direction including strategy, storytelling, public relations, and campaign implementation.
Prior to Amplifier, she served as the Executive Director of Northwest news site Crosscut Public Media, leading a successful merger with PBS member station KCTS9. While at Crosscut, Tamara was named a Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow, conducting applied research on dialogue with news consumers, and leading a team to develop and publish the free online tool Opt-In, which enables stronger and more strategic newsletter engagement.
As an inaugural Henry M. Jackson Foundation Leadership Fellow in 2016-2017, Tamara organized a storytelling workshop for refugees, recent immigrants, and community leaders to infuse their experience and perspectives into local media. Now serving on the Henry M. Jackson Leadership Council, Tamara works to develop thoughtful next generation leaders to foster a bipartisan approach to challenges in the fields of international affairs, human rights, environment and natural resources management, energy, and public service.
She was a member of the Young American Leaders Program in 2017, a program of Harvard University to establish collective action toward economic development. She has served on the boards of the Seattle World Affairs Council and Young Professionals International Network, where she founded International Women’s Day Speed Mentorship, an annual event that continues in it’s sixth year to connect women in transition to executive mentors. Tamara believes in the necessity of mentorship and coaching to break down barriers to women entering and in leadership.
She is a trained facilitator and has led retreats for organizations from six-person startups to professional networks to company-wide off-sites, as well as international expeditions to Asia and Central America. She served as the Communications Coordinator for the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research and policy center developing system-wide solutions for K-12 public education. Tamara began her career as a Research Associate at Ross Strategic, supporting partnerships between the Environmental Protection Agency, State, and Tribal groups around environmental information management systems.
Tamara holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University where she conducted applied research as a Sustainability Fellow and served as the Vice President of the Associated Student Body. She is a product of Washington State and a proud card-carrying member of the U.S. National Parks.
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