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Purpose-driven Transformational Leader | Cultivator of Connections and Capital

Tamara Tranter

Tamara Tranter is a dynamic philanthropic executive, board director, and consultant who has led diverse organizations like USA Hockey, Colorado School of Mines Foundation, and athletic departments at Wayne State University and Michigan State University. With over 25 years of leadership experience spanning the nonprofit and collegiate sports sectors, Tranter navigates the most meaningful opportunities in order to connect others to transformational solutions.

Tranter has mastered the unique skill of setting direction and establishing trust, which has contributed to her extensive career. She leverages her experience to lead organizations, teams, and stakeholders at the highest level with her natural ability to influence with compassion, resulting in transformational impact and multi-million-dollar capital investment.

As the Chief Development Officer at USA Hockey, Tranter has developed comprehensive fundraising plans, executed capital campaigns, and expanded cultivation and stewardship events. At the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, the world-renowned cutting-edge research institution, Tranter maximized the school’s financial reach. While the Director of Development of Major Gifts at Wayne State University, Tranter emphasized relationship-building strategies and the importance of aligning the philanthropic goals of donors with intentional initiatives of academic programs. 

The complexity and scope of Tranter’s leadership and career has been significant. Notably, as the Associate Director of Athletics at Wayne State University, she advised hundreds of senior leaders and key stakeholders, managed several diverse teams and departments, oversaw five varsity sports programs, and originated and implemented new processes and programs to improve the athletic department’s operations.

Tranter’s leadership expands beyond her roles, connecting needs with means in order to achieve goals that drive ultimate impact for everyone. Tranter takes the power of that impact to new heights by generously offering her support to organizations like the Special Olympics Colorado, Women Leaders in College Sports, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, among others.

As a lifelong learner who values diversity in experience and thinking, Tranter has participated in executive leadership programs at Northwestern University and has a Master’s in Kinesiology/Sports Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Finance from Wayne State University.

Navigating organizational goals & aligning purpose-driven strategies

Leading Expertise:


  • What sports taught me about leadership

  • Why authentic connections are central to any organization

  • Why compassionate leaders are our strongest leaders

  • How diverse thinking can help progress traditional structures

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