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Tamela Blalock

Episcopal High School of Alexandria, VA


Tamela Blalock graduated from EHS in 1998. 

Tamela Blalock is the is the Vice President (of) Cooperative Relations with NCBA CLUSA, where she enhances engagement and impact with the trade association among the collective cooperative leadership community. NCBA is the primary voice for cooperatives in the United States for using the cooperative business model to empower people in their businesses and communities. 

During the past 20 years, Tamela has worked for several Washington area institutions including the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C. NFL Football Team, The Washington Post, and George Washington University. Prior to joining NCBA CLUSA, Tamela most recently served as the Executive Director of Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (during their name change from the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association); and she served as the Senior Director (of) Membership Services for the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors (NAW). She is also a very active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). 

Tamela has served on the PCMA Global Board of Directors, and is an alumnus of the ASAE 2016-2018 class of DELP (Diversity Executive Leadership Program) Scholars. Tamela is an honoree in the “Forty Under 40” executives list by the Association Forum in 2017 and by Connect Magazine in 2011. She is also one of the co-founders of the Association for Women in Events (AWE). Tamela has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Business in Tourism Administration from The George Washington University. Originally from the best state (according to Tamela) of Ohio she grew up abroad as a military child and resides in Alexandria, Virginia where she dabbles as a home chef. 

A fun cooperative fact about is Tamela, is that she has exclusively banked at credit unions her entire life, a practice initiated by her parents.


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