Tamara Doucet-Larozar is a passionate educator with over a decade of experience focused on improving learning outcomes and environment for vulnerable youth in underserved communities, and building local organizations’ management approach and systems. Before joining the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child (GC-DWC) as the Associate Director of Language and Learning Education, she most recently served as Acting Education Chief and Senior Education Advisor at the USAID/Haiti Mission, where she advocated for social emotional learning, flexible and cross-sectoral programming, distance learning, and increasing access to quality and equitable education for vulnerable youth that is holistically tailored to their needs in the context of their environment, particularly at risk and out of school youth. These concepts were integrated into USAID/Haiti’s new education strategy and flagship activity. Throughout her five years at USAID, she earned four Embassy Mission awards for her team and individual accomplishments and a culminating appreciation certificate.
Her dedication to vulnerable youth in underserved and low-income countries emerged from her Brooklyn immigrant roots, and from understanding and addressing students’ learning gaps and corresponding behavioral learning challenges that were left unresolved, at times unidentified, within the poor primary education services received. She consistently witnessed its negative impact throughout her teaching experience as an English Second Language Teacher to Haitian adults in Brooklyn right after the 2010 earthquake, as an English Fellow at the Haitian Education and Leadership Program to college students in Haiti, and throughout her USAID experience managing literacy projects.
She holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations and African Studies from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Global Policy from the New School of Public Engagement. She is fluent in French and Haitian Kreyol along with basic Spanish. She lives by the following motto: life is a two-way street, you contribute and you learn from all that you do and receive.