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Tamar Shapiro

Tamar ShapiroPresident and Chief Executive Officer


Tamar Shapiro is President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress.  She has more than a decade of experience working on state, regional, and local policies related to land use, economic development, housing, transportation, and the environment.


Prior to joining the Center in December 2012, Tamar was Senior Director of Urban and Social Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she managed transatlantic urban policy programs and networks with a particular focus on the revitalization of older, industrial cities. Previously, Tamar served as the Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design at Smart Growth America. In this role, she advised governors and their cabinet officials on state policies related to growth and development.  An attorney by training, Tamar Shapiro also worked at Klein Hornig, LLP, a law firm specialized in affordable housing development, where she represented public housing authorities as well as developers in mixed-finance affordable housing development deals.


Tamar received a McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Affairs to conduct a 2010 research project on vacant property policies in former East Germany. In 1999-2000, she was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin and worked at the Berlin Administration on Urban Planning and Environment as well as the German Institute for Urban Affairs.