Director of Innovative Partnerships
Tamara Arsenault has more than twenty years of international development experience, with particular expertise in municipal management, housing and urban development, program design and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). As Program Innovation Manager at Global Communities (formerly CHF International), she facilitates the replication and dissemination of innovations that create higher impact for partner communities in more than 20 countries. Ms. Arsenault organizes cross-sectoral teams that transfer innovations between countries and brings in new ideas and expertise to help local government, business and citizens work together to tackle challenging issues like climate change, poverty, water and sanitation and improved service delivery. She expands corporate and foundation partnerships, guiding strategy development and the design of new programs. Ms. Arsenault collaborated with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools to internationalize the Green Apple Day of Service campaign. She has advised corporate partners like Chevron and Diageo on ways to standardize and maximize the impact of their corporate community investments. She supports the institutionalization of best practices and led development of Global Communities’ new Appreciative Review of Capacity toolkit to help organizations assess and strengthen their internal capacity. As Deputy Director of Business Development for Global Communities, Ms. Arsenault helped guide and manage its rapid growth which generated close to $200 million in new funding for vulnerable communities. Ms. Arsenault was presented by Global Communities’ Board of Trustees with the Sargent Shriver Award for exemplifying the ideals of the Peace Corps. Previously she worked for USAID for five years on housing finance, urban development and local government reform programs. Ms. Arsenault has a dual master’s degree in government administration and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.