Mayor Tamara James

Tamara James Bio

Leader, community advocate, University of Miami alumna, retired WBNA athlete, world
traveler, mother, and now, Mayor of Dania Beach, Tamara James’s continual mission is to
strengthen today’s society with her exemplary leadership starting with her beloved Dania
Beach, the city she was proudly born and raised in. As the youngest mayor in the history of
Dania Beach, garnering the most votes in history, Tamara has a fervent passion for providing
Dania Beach residents with transparent leadership, safety practices, and viable community
programs in an effort to create a thriving, unified environment for all citizens!
In 2006, Ms. James started the “Tamara James Foundation, Inc” with a mission to empower,
educate, and strengthen the area by providing opportunities to build strong children, strong
families, strong communities, and strong, future generations through sports and community
events. Through Tamara’s philanthropic and charitable initiatives, she has been able to provide
health resources, food and clothing, sports clinics for the youth, and several other opportunities
in hopes to bridge the gap and promote unity within the surrounding communities. In fact, she
has been giving back to her community since her teenage years, and her ardor for the
improvement and progression of Dania Beach has only grown since.
As a former WBNA athlete and professional European basketball player, Tamara has learned
the value of teamwork, leadership, dedication, perseverance, and hard work; and as the all-
time leading scorer for men’s and women’s basketball at the University of Miami, Ms. James
exhibits a dignified humility for the beloved state of Florida – a place which has fully
contributed to her growth, experience, and finest accomplishments. Needless to say, being a
leader comes naturally for Ms. James. She spent nine years as a professional basketball player
and has been blessed with the opportunities to not only play in the WBNA but also play in
Spain, Turkey, and Israel. Her travels and overseas experiences have strengthed her ability to
adapt and deepened her love for learning about the multitude of cultures around the world. In
2016, Tamara was inducted into the University of Miami’s Hall of Fame. “I have been truly
blessed to have had all the opportunities and accomplishments with basketball,” says Mayor
James, “but what means most to me is using all that I have gained to give back so that our
future generations can achieve more.” And she certainly has. Teamwork is in her DNA, and
Tamara James is a true beacon of hope for her community and beyond.