Tamara Demko, JD, MPH, ABD
Tamara Demko is a Public Health Consultant in the Diabetes Practice Area at NACDD. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public health and healthcare that spans the private, public, and government sectors. Tamara has worked extensively in translational research consulting, management, strategy, policy, and advocacy in collaboration with diverse local, state, and national stakeholders to make a difference in public health. She previously served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Health at the Florida Department of Health, working with nine public health divisions that included chronic disease, overseeing the Office of Minority Health, and fulfilling the prior statutory role of Florida’s Officer of Women’s Health Strategy. She also served as the Chief of Staff for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, she has served as a senior health policy and legal affairs advisor during gubernatorial transitions and with the Executive Office of the Governor, and previously lobbied on behalf of the State of Florida in various roles. Tamara has practiced as an attorney in health law and serves as an adjunct instructor and public speaker on the nexus of public health, politics, law, and medicine.
Tamara earned a BS in psychology, having completed premedical requisites, from the University of Florida, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MPH in public health administration with a certificate in health policy and programs from the University of South Florida. She is currently completing dissertation work for a DrPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tamara holds a personal passion for diabetes, which has significantly impacted her mother, and hopes to help build healthy families now and in future generations through diabetes prevention. Tamara and her family live in South Florida.