Tamar Schwartz is currently the Executive Director of ‘Ruach Nashit’ (‘Women’s Spirit’), dedicated to helping women survivors of violence rebuild their lives through employment and financial independence. In the early stage of her professional career, Tamar served a social worker in hostels for people with disabilities. Later on, following a professional turn, Tamar served for 10 years as an organizational consultant and HR officer in the IDF’s leadership development school.
When she completed her time at the Army, Tamar was appointed CEO of Mesila, Tel Aviv’s Special Unit for Refugees and Migrant Workers. Tamar served as CEO for eight years, during which she worked to change perceptions regarding the refugees and migrant workers community, while implementing new procedures on local and national levels to benefit the community and award them with better services.
Over the years, Tamar has won several prestigious awards for her unique work – IDF’s Education Corp Award, Joint-Ashalim Award, Keren Shalem Award and the Presidential Award for human trafficking fighters. Following her time in Mesila, Tamar was a fellow in the Mandel Leadership Institute where she developed a unique intervention model of boarding school rehabilitation for parents and children.
Tamar holds a BA in Social Work from Ben Gurion University and a MA in Interdisciplinary Art Therapy with a specialty in holistic health from Leslie College (graduated Magna Cum Laude).