Tamara Golden

Tamara Golden (tamara@pilotlightchefs.org) is the Director of Development for Pilot Light, overseeing the organization’s Development Department and contributing to the organization’s growth. She works with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, staff, and other Pilot Light champions to identify and engage new donors and create a strategic and holistic development plan.

Tamara went to Indiana University for undergrad and has a Masters in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With over 7 years’ worth of experience in fundraising, Tamara loves building relationships with supporters and finding each person’s unique passion and connection to the cause. She previously worked in the Chicago market of Autism Speaks, planning large scale fundraising events and engaging individual and corporate donors. Prior to working in development, Tamara worked in education and programming at the Chicago Children’s Museum for over 10 years. This unique blend of teaching and programming experience makes Tamara uniquely suited to serve Pilot Light’s mission in a fundraising capacity. She loves telling the mission stories and sharing the impact and magic of Pilot Light with our community. 

Tamara lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. They love to take walks with their dog, grow veggies in their garden, root on the Cubs, and eat delicious food as a family. She is incredibly excited to be joining Pilot Light and is more inspired by our mission every day. 

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