Ambassador Linda Tarr-Whelan
Ladies Home Journal named her "One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Washington." She has been a managing director with Tarr-Whelan & Associates, Inc. since 2000. With extensive policy and management experience at the state, national and international level in non-profits and government., Linda is a communicator, strategist, facilitator and management expert.
As CEO and President, she built the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) into the leading state progressive policy and leadership center over fourteen years. She initiated and led CPA national policy campaigns and Leadership Institutes for elected leaders and created a decade-long bi-partisan and multi-cultural research and communications initiative, "Women's Voices", and two economic summits regarding the role of women and the economy with the White House in 1997 and at 11 Downing Street Summit in London in 1999.
She was appointed as Ambassador by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1997 as the US Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She led international negotiations for the US on women and globalization, development, entrepreneurship, economic and political participation and human rights and served on the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Linda was Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter in the White House, director of government relations and chief lobbyist for the National Education Association, the Administrative Director of the New York State Department of Labor, Director of AFSCME - NY and created the AFSCME Public Policy Department.
She has served on numerous boards and commissions, spoken national and internationally and is frequently quoted in the press. She began her career as a nurse and holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins University, an MS from the University of Maryland and an honorary PhD in Public Service from Chatham College.
With 25 years experience building corporate, governmental, nonprofit and political relationships in the U.S. and Europe, Keith created Tarr-Whelan & Associates in 1991 to provide a full range of consulting services to clients on both sides of the Atlantic.
From 1997-2001 he specialized in strategic planning and corporate development services for companies in many sectors. He worked on a series of start-ups, including as a partner in a health dot.com. Prior to 1997 Keith specialized in grassroots development, building coalitions and outreach. He was the Executive Director of the Save our Security coalition and Senior Account Executive with Ogilvy & Mather.
His broad experience includes marketing, public relations and research. As the NY State Assistant Commissioner of Transportation for Public Affairs, he was responsible for communications and crisis management. Keith has extensive political experience in state and national political and issue campaigns and political action committees(PAC's) Keith helped create the National Long Term Care Campaign and served as Executive Director.
Keith is a dual US-UK citizen with close ties to the current British Labour Government. He holds a BA from London University in economics.