biography

Tamara Winfrey-Harris is a writer, speaker and dedicated champion for all women and girls. She serves as president of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation that convenes, invests and advocates so all who identify as women or girls in Central Indiana have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential no matter their place, race or identity. 

As a writer, Tamara specializes in the ever-evolving space where current events, politics and pop culture intersect with race and gender. She says, “I tell the stories of Black women and girls to deliver the truth to all those folks who got us twisted—tangled up in racist and sexist lies. My sisters are better than alright. We are amazing.”

Tamara is the author of the award-winning The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2015); Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters On Stepping Into Your Power (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2021); and A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Free (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2024). 

Her commentary, articles and essays have been published in media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and books, including The Lemonade Reader: Beyonce, Black Feminism and Spirituality (Routledge, 2019); The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (Wayne State University Press, 2018); and Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest (Black Belt Publishing, 2020).

Tamara has been invited to speak on issues of gender, race and social justice at conferences and campuses across the country. She served as the inaugural Liberator-in-Residence for Bennett College, a women’s HBCU in Greensboro, NC.

Tamara is co-founder of Black Women’s Writing Society, a monthly virtual space for Black femme creatives in Indianapolis. She is also a registered yoga teacher and reiki master, who focuses her work on the healing and well-being of her sisters. 

A native of Gary, IN, Tamara is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. and the Circle City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She graduated with a BA degree from the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University.