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Tammy Bennett Joins the University of Cincinnati Foundation as Vice President for Inclusive Excellence in Philanthropy

Tammy Bennett
Lindauer partnered with UCF in the search for a leader who will grow and extend the Foundation’s commitment to inclusion and sustainable culture change.

The University of Cincinnati Foundation has announced the appointment of Tammy Bennett to the inaugural position of Vice President for Inclusive Excellence in Philanthropy.

In this role, Bennett will report to UCF President Peter Lundgren and serve as a vital member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, working closely with UCF leadership as well as key partners in the UC and UC Health communities to advance organizational priorities related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

“Tammy has dedicated her professional journey to advancing inclusivity within workplaces,” said Peter Lundgren, President of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. “With a background as an employment attorney and diversity specialist, complemented by her academic exploration of social identities and organizational transformation, she possesses a distinctive skill set to craft pragmatic and enduring DEIB strategies.”

Prior to joining UCF, Bennett served as Chief Equity + Inclusion Officer and Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Throughout her legal career at Employers Resource Association, Macy’s Inc., and Vorys, LLC., Bennett consistently incorporated diversity, equity, and inclusion into her work and was a frequent national presenter and lecturer on these topics.

Bennett’s connections to the University of Cincinnati run deep. She is a two-time graduate of the University, earning a BA in African American Studies and a JD from UC’s College of Law. Bennett currently serves as an adjunct professor at UC’s College of Law, teaching courses in Employment Law and Race and the Law. She also holds an MA in Sociology with a concentration in Workforce Diversity from the University of Illinois. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she actively participates in the UC community, serving on various boards, including the UC Law Dean’s Advisory Board, BLAC-CBA Roundtable, Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati, and the Holocaust and Humanity Center.

Tammy Bennett was appointed in August 2023. The search was led by Lindauer Vice President and Managing Director Faith Montgomery and Senior Consultant Chandra Montgomery.

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