New Leadership Delivering Results for the 2nd District Community
Trailblazer, Compassionate, and Dedicated are just a few words to describe the life and journey of Tamira N. Dunn. The founder of Dream Girls Mentoring Program, Incorporated and Elijah’s Hope Foundation, Tamira Dunn is a 32-year-old native Baltimorean raised with her younger brother by a single mom. Watching many of her peers and close friends have children at a young age; she felt it necessary to provide a program that would deliver resources and support to young moms; thus creating one of the first nonprofit organizations to cater to the needs of young parents in Baltimore City.
In her role as CEO of the Dream Girls Mentoring program, she was able to write and obtain funding from Baltimore Women Giving Circle, Associated Black Charities, Greenspring Wealth Management, and MECU. Under her leadership, she trained and recruited mentors who serviced more than 50 young women from 2008-2017. Eighty percent of the young women who went through the Dream Girls Mentoring program graduated from high school and went on to pursue a higher degree or received a job opportunity. Dream Girls allowed her to not only service young parents, but it allowed her to serve the community. For over five years, the organization sponsored a Back 2 School block party where they provided resources, free school, supplies, and entertainment for over 150 children in the 2nd district community. The organization also sponsored an annual community baby shower where they served over 200 young moms with education, baby supplies, and more.
She attended Baltimore County Schools and graduated from Parkville High School in 2004. Tamira Dunn attended Morgan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2008. In 2014 Tamira received a Master of Science degree in Human Service Administration from the University of Baltimore.
From the tragic loss of her son, Tamira noticed the lack of resources and empathy that were provided to women who experienced a pregnancy or infant loss. She went on to create a non-profit Elijah's Hope Foundation, in memory of her son that would shift the culture and bring awareness to the taboo subject of this type of death. Through the organization, she has created the very first 5k walk/run for pregnancy and infant loss in Baltimore City, a scholarship fund for graduate students who are currently pursuing a degree in Maternal and Infant Child Health. She currently sits on the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board for Baltimore City where she serves as the Maternal Interviewer. Tamira Dunn is a mom of two and current homeowner in district 2.
Ms. Dunn’s passion for the youth and community started while she was in high school. She always found a way to “make a difference.” Running for senior class President was one of the first things she did to make an impact on her community. Ms. Dunn has received many citations from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Senator Barbara Mikulski. She has also been awarded a resolution from Council President Bernard Jack Young’s office for her countless efforts towards bettering the lives of teen moms. These awards were given for her unwavering efforts to bettering the lives of young mothers and their families. She is apart of the Women of Power Organization and received her award in 2011 and awarded Top 30 under 30 by 92Q Jams in 2013. Tamira served on the Baltimore City Youth Commission from 2010-2014 as the citywide youth commissioner, Health Committee Chair and a member of the Recreation and Parks Committee.
Ms. Dunn is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She has dedicated countless hours as a community servant with the organization and its national initiatives. She has chaired the Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program for two consecutive years. Motivated by the quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi, Ms. Dunn wishes to continue to encourage, uplift, and motivate the constituents of District 2.