2021 VISTA Millennial Superstars: Tamara Wilson

Mark Hostutler

Tamara Wilson, who grew up in Northampton County, is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CASA Youth Advocates, a nonprofit that helps neglected children live well, achieve academic excellence, and experience the joys of childhood by providing them with trained volunteer advocates who speak for their best interests.

Wilson, who began working in the fast-food industry when she was 15 years old, earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from DeSales University and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law. She credits Susan McDonald, one her professors at DeSales who steered her onto a career path that blended both her interests in child welfare and law, with having the biggest impact on her career.

“Susan is someone who provided frequent support and encouragement to me at a time in my life when I was searching for guidance about my path,” said Wilson. “She helped me to see how I could use my life experiences to serve others.”

Wilson described her proudest professional achievement.

“I was able to successfully advocate for a youth turning 18 with no viable housing options or family support to remain in foster care with support from the county,” she said. “This was at a time when laws were changing, but it was not yet common practice for youth over 18 to do that. This young person was able to continue her education and ultimately moved out of state to be closer to extended family members. Over 15 years later, she and I have stayed in contact. I attended her wedding in South Carolina and have continued to be a support for her and her children.”

Wilson’s favorite Chester County restaurant is Roots Café in West Chester.