Having worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, Tamika Sanders has focused on making a positive impact in the lives of children and families since her work as a Peacemaker at the Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. in New York City. There, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of early childhood curriculum, as well as teaching Spanish to the students of the Harlem Gems, a Universal Pre-K program.
After moving to Dallas, Tamika served in various roles in early childhood programs such as Mi Escuelita Preschools, Inc. where she worked as a Headstart Family Advocate and Lumin Education, where she worked as an Early Headstart Family Advocate, Development Associate and finally, as Health Services Coordinator. Her work as a Health Services Coordinator and certified Community Health Worker fueled her passion to connect with and support pregnant women during their pregnancy and postpartum. Learning about the disparate health outcomes for children of color, ignited her desire to seek opportunities where she could contribute to improving those outcomes for birthing people and their children.
In 2016, during her time at Lumin Education, with the support of Dallas Area Interfaith, Tamika was part of the effort that led to the revision of the 20-year-old Housing Code in the City of Dallas, by helping families of the 75220 zip code organize their community, to seek healthier housing conditions for their children. Tamika also served as co-chair on the organization’s first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, coordinating a series of organization-wide forums called “Lunch & Learn”.
Prior to joining the team at Abide Women’s Health Services, Tamika worked as the Manager of Development at Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT), an organization focused on the history of race and racism in Dallas, as well as racial healing, racial justice and racial equity.
In 2021, Tamika was part of the inaugural Black Women in Non-Profit Leadership cohort powered by Dallas TRHT, which was developed to support Black women who are recognized as top leaders within the non-profit sector.
As a native New Yorker from the Bronx, Tamika enjoys live theater and has performed at Bishop Arts Theater and the Dallas Theater Center through Public Works Dallas. She loves creating art, listening to podcasts, traveling, reading, and crocheting.
Tamika is bilingual, identifies as an Afrolatina — a Black woman — and uses the pronouns she/her/hers and ella.