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TAMMY BELTON-DAVIS

Named a 2021 Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Tammy serves as founder of Athena Communications, a brand management and government affairs firm specializing in strategic communications, equity and inclusion practices, and media engagement, with client partners engaged in transformational and systems change work.

Most recently and concurrently, Tammy was the first appointed chief diversity officer with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the largest regional theater in Wisconsin. As an accelerant for equity and inclusion, she works directly with executive leadership, board of trustees, staff and community to develop, implement and measure ED&I goals for the theater and serve as an internal coach on inclusiveness and diversity issues. Upon the conclusion of her appointment will assist the theater in a transition into a more permanent staffing structure to lead ED&I work in the future.


Tammy is an award-winning public relations and diversity professional. In 2021 she was a part of the inaugural class of most Notable Alumni, a recognition for distinguished alumni recognized by the Biz Times and was most recently the recipient of the inaugural Governor's Tourism Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion. The award recognizes demonstrated leadership in raising awareness, or facilitating change, to build a more inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors to Wisconsin.

Prior to launching Athena in 2009, Tammy held senior level positions in city government and community-based organizations and served as staff assistant with the Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Common Council. Tammy is an active member of the greater Milwaukee community, with board leadership as a member of the Alverno College Board of Trustees, and member of Professional Dimensions, TEMPO Milwaukee, MRA CDO Roundtable, and Public Relations Society of America – Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter.


A proud graduate of Alverno College, Tammy enjoys reading, national politics, and being a wife and mother and proudly serves as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. REPresentation Matters