Tamara Tamburro, CSUN Class of 1980, serves as a member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ambassadors. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Monroe High School before attending Cal State Northridge, where she studied many languages and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She met her future husband at CSUN, Michael Tamburro. After college, Tamara worked as a bookkeeper and later did the bookkeeping at Michael’s company, West Coast Helicopters. While raising two children, Tamara became an avid endurance athlete, participating in marathons and triathlons. She has completed three Ironman triathlons and is training for her ninth Catalina Island marathon.
In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, Tamara earned her teaching credential from CSUN and taught 4th grade for many years. Currently, she manages investment properties.
Her husband Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geography in 1981, and he was interested in creating a Geography scholarship. For him, community college had been a path to his CSUN career, so his thought was to fund transfer students. After Michael passed away in 1996, Tamara created a scholarship in his memory at CSUN for students transferring from community colleges and pursuing degrees in Geography. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences helped Ms. Tamburro structure an endowment exactly as Michael would have wanted.