Tamara Azar
Policy Director


  • Professional development
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher quality

Tamara Azar joined Urban Teacher Residency United in 2010 as policy director and is responsible for implementing UTRU’s policy agenda, advocating for policies that support and facilitate the development of high-quality urban teacher residency programs, and supporting UTRU Network partner programs to achieve scale and sustainability within the changing landscape of state and federal education teacher policy. Prior to joining UTRU, Azar focused on education policy around educator quality, preparation, training, and evaluation for nearly 15 years. As a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education, she has had extensive experience in education policy and the educator lifecycle, especially the critical role of teachers and school leaders to change school climate and impact student achievement. She has worked on the teacher quality provisions of ESEA, HEA, and the Teacher Incentive Fund. Azar taught special education in New Orleans for two years with Teach for America. She received a master’s from the University of Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington College.