New director joins Y team

Apr 03, 2013
Tami Farber joins the YMCA of Snohomish County as the director of community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and education.

The YMCA of Snohomish County recently announced that Tami Farber has joined the organization as the director of community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and education.

Farber will serve as the primary community advocate for the YMCA Minority Achievers Program, including program support and development of growth opportunities.

She will direct educational program efforts for the Y, including school support, summer learning loss, and college readiness efforts and serve as a member of the YMCA of Snohomish County Diversity and Inclusion committee.

She will also provide leadership in assessing county diversity and inclusion needs and develop necessary response strategies, solutions, inclusive frameworks, methods, resources, and trainings.

She’ll lead the design, development, implementation, management and tracking of strategies that ensure full engagement of underserved communities; develop relationships with key Snohomish County diversity, inclusion and educational organizations; and provide direction to key community events that further diversity and inclusion goals and objectives.

“This is a new position for our Y that will have a tremendous impact on our community,” said Scott Sadler, vice President of the YMCA of Snohomish County. “We are excited to have Tami in a role that will significantly advance many of our strategic plan priorities and contribute to the work of changing lives in Snohomish County.”

Farber has a master’s degree in social work, social administration and international social welfare from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in child development and education from Long Island University.

For the past five years, Farber has been president of Together Leading the Future, consulting with academic institutions and not-for-profit agencies to provide diversity and inclusion trainings, workshops and programs.

She has a wide range of expertise, including social justice, cultural competency, culture and identity, language and communication, stigmatization, discrimination and oppression, institutional racism, teasing and bullying, and mediation.

Prior to her consulting work, she served as the director of the Teen Action Program for the YMCA of Greater New York for three years.

Her duties there included the direct management and supervision of all aspects of a comprehensive school-based youth development program, including case management, clubs, electives, large scale events and specialized programming.

Additional experiences included working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Africa, Asia and New York, as well co-founding and coordinating a NahWeYone camp for refugee children, adolescents and teens from the Africa Diaspora.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

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-Edited by Beacon staff

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