Tamara Bates is a former financial advisor for UBS and Raymond James. She also spent much of her career in nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy, as VP of Strategy and Programs for Innovate+Educate and as a Program Officer at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Bates founded the program, The Dots Between, at the start of COVID-19 to help artists diversify their revenue streams. This is a six-month fellowship on financial sustainability serving artists across New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. She holds a BA from the College of Santa Fe and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University. Tamara is a current Arts Commissioner for the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department appointed by the Mayor.