Connecting Ideas and People


Creativity, Education, Innovation and Leadership Development

About Me



Leadership Development Expert

Nonprofit Executive Director



Company Brands

tdb group is a multi-service consulting firm providing results for its varied corporate, foundation and nonprofit clients. The firm focuses most of its work on Organizational Management (board governance, human resources and strategy and planning) and Project Management (design through implementation and research).

Under the umbrella of the consulting practice Tammy Dowley-Blackman also serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Nonprofit Management and Grant Writing and Fundraising, as well as serving as a Senior Fellow and Mentor to Nonprofit Executives.

Looking Forward Lab, LLC is a multi-platform leadership development company focused on delivering innovative and interactive direct service and online ideas and products to young adults, ages 18-35, who are seeking guidance, knowledge and tools for the intentional design and management of their lives. 

New Book Jukebox, Harvard and Entrepreneurship: Finding My Leadership Path --Coming Spring 2018!

Contact us now! Consulting, Speaking and Training Engagements .


Throughout Tammy Dowley-Blackman's career, education, creativity and leadership development have remained the consistent threads. Fifteen years ago she began developing companies that would deliver high-quality results to individuals, communities and partners aligned with these focus areas and performance outcomes.  

Sample Client List

  • ArtPlace America
  • Associated Grant Makers
  • Bartol Foundation
  • Barr Foundation
  • Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy
  • Boston Foundation
  • Boston Partners in Education
  • City Mission Society of Boston
  • Demos
  • Every Hour Counts
  • ExpandED Schools
  • Haley House
  • Higher Heights
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation
  • Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
  • MassCreative
  • Media Democracy Fund
  • Piper Fund
  • Presidential Scholars Commission
  • Project STEP
  • Proteus Fund
  • Scattergood Foundation
  • Schott Foundation for Public Education
  • Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
  • Take Back Our Republic
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • TJX Companies, Inc.
  • YWCA Cambridge


Community Leadership

  • Appalachian Mountain Club, Advisory Member
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts, Former Committee Member
  • Fayerweather Street School, Former Board Member
  • Habitot Children's Museum, Former Board Member
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Board of Advisor
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Former Review Panelist
  • Jazz Boston, Former Board Member
  • Presidential Scholars Commission, Former Review Panelist
  • Social Capital, Inc., Former Board Member
  • TSNE MissionWorks, Board President