Tami is one of 46 women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.
We asked Tami why equal representation of women is important. Her response: “As a public health social worker and policy advocate I have dedicated my career to solving the problems that families face in their everyday lives. As State Representative I will continue to advocate for investments in all the things that people need to thrive and will fight for social and economic justice. Women are the backbones of our families and society. Having equal representation of women in government and on management boards benefits women, their families, and all of society. I will continue to advocate for women’s equality just as I have done throughout my career and will continue to support women’s leadership in business, education, and government.”
More about Tami
As the next State Representative of the 14th Middlesex District, Tami Gouveia will bring her expertise in public health social work, her skills as a strategic thinker and collaborator, her passion for social and environmental justice, and her commitment to helping others achieve their fullest potential to the Massachusetts Legislature.
As a public health social work professional for almost 20 years, Tami has been an effective advocate and catalyst for change. Throughout her career Tami conducted environmental policy research and spearheaded several public health initiatives, bringing people from various backgrounds together to implement policies and programs to promote adolescent health and wellness. In 2007, she founded and, for five years, chaired the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention. Tami’s ability to partner with diverse stakeholders was key to the coalition’s success in securing $1 million in funding to address the opioid crisis.
Tami made history in 2016 when she founded the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington. The statewide team mobilized 10,000 women and allies to participate in the DC March and activated diverse voices across the state to advocate for justice and equality of all women.
As the Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass, Tami advocated for statewide legislation to protect youth from tobacco industry tactics. She was an early player in negotiating An Act Protecting Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction signed into the law in 2018. Currently, Tami is a consultant at The Rippel Foundation where she serves as a thought partner to several research and field-based initiatives.
Tami graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in 1996, where she majored in politics and minored in women’s studies. She received both her Master of Social Work and her Master of Public Health from Boston University where she is currently studying opioid policies for a Doctorate of Public Health.
Tami was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts and is the daughter of two small business owners who recently retired. She now lives in Acton with her two teenage sons, Cam and Joey, and pets, Papaya and Tater Tot.