Tamar Renaud

Associate Vice President, New York State Director

Tamar Renaud has over 25 years of experience championing large-scale access to health options, particularly for the most underserved communities. In her role as New York State Director, she helps accelerate TPL’s groundbreaking Community Schoolyard™ initiative in New York City, which has become the model for the entire country. Additionally, she helps lead the charge to connect Long Island with a trail stretching 200 miles from Montauk to Manhattan, linking 27 key communities and 26 existing parks in the process.

Prior to joining TPL, Renaud served as the Chief Operating Officer of Vital Strategies, a global nonprofit funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. During her tenure, she spearheaded the development of Vital Strategies’ inaugural strategic plan and played a pivotal role in the organization’s rapid expansion and international reach. Renaud’s dedication to public health has been demonstrated through her work at UNICEF, where she formulated policies and initiatives addressing HIV/AIDS among children in humanitarian crises.

At the New York City health department, Renaud led the FEMA-funded mental health response to Hurricane Sandy, showcasing her adeptness in crisis management. Renaud’s commitment to social impact extends globally, as she co-founded and directed a nonprofit organization in Thailand as an Echoing Green fellow earlier in her career.

Renaud holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Brown University and a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Fluent in four languages and having been raised on three continents, Renaud’s diverse background enriches her perspective on environmental conservation and community engagement. Outside of her professional endeavors, Renaud enjoys hiking and actively participates in urban greening initiatives in her neighborhood, fostering a deep connection to nature and community.