Dr. Tamara Mann Tweel

Devout Teacher, Arbiter of Cold Borscht, Klutz.


Tamara is the Director of Strategic Development for the Office of Innovation as well as a professor and scholar of philanthropy and social welfare.


Prior to joining the OOI team, Tamara worked as the Associate Director of the Freedom and Citizenship Program at Columbia University, where she taught courses in the Great Books, the history and ethics of philanthropy, aging, and intellectual history. There is little she loves more than spending time with students and a text.


Tamara received a master’s degree in theological studies from the Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in history from Columbia University. In 2009, she received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Her work has been published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Washington PostThe Harvard Divinity BulletinInside Higher Ed, and The Huffington Post. Although born and bred in New York City, Tamara has spent the last half-decade living in Columbus, Ohio, where she devoted herself to consuming extraordinary ice cream and learning how to parallel park. She is the wife of Dr. Benjamin Tweel and the besotted mother of two relatively small humans, the shtik naches of the family.