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Tamar Smith Pichette ’86

TrusteeAB JD; Palo Alto, CA

Tamar Pichette (Smith) was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Ms.Pichette completed a double major in Political Science & Psychology at Vassar. She has law degrees from Oxford University, England, and Osgoode Hall, Toronto. She practiced commercial litigation and contract law in Toronto, and has served on several Boards, both in Canada and the United States, including the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada, where she chaired the Compliance Committee, as well as teaching at the Ontario Bar Admission course.

Ms.Pichette now lives in California, where she devotes most of her time to education at all levels and pursuits. She is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of JobTrain (formerly OICW), a Bay Area organization dedicated to helping the disadvantaged rebuild their lives through vocational training. She previously taught a course in Job Readiness and Professionalism at JobTrain, and has been instrumental in leading the establishment of JobTrain’s newly constituted social enterprise business WISE SV, in partnership with Groupe SOS (France) and Goodwill (San Francisco).She has also served on the Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national organization dedicated to improving youth sport culture and promoting character education through sport.

Prior to this, Ms. Pichette was a member of the Board of Trustees of Holderness School, N.H., where she was chair of the School Life Committee. She was also most recently a member of Vassar’s PAC. In 1954, Ms. Pichette’s aunt, Henrietta Smith, was hired as Vassar’s first full-time black faculty member, where she later chaired the Department of Psychology. Mrs. Pichette is married to Patrick Pichette, former CFO of Google Inc., and together they have three children, Mimi (Princeton ’14, Oxon ’16), Jules (Richmond ’16) and Celine (Bates ’17).