As part of its leadership team, Tarlow helps to shape and drive Blue Meridian’s business as it evolves. She explores new investment opportunities, leads due diligence on potential Blue Meridian grantees, and manages relationships with grantees. She is also leading Blue Meridian's evidence and evaluation strategy.
Previously Tarlow served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations in New York City. Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014, Tarlow oversaw the performance management of all city agencies and cross-agency initiatives, data analytics, poverty research, and strategic efforts to advance equity and opportunity. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC.
Tarlow spent close to two decades as the founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a nonprofit organization (and EMCF grantee) providing employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. After managing a successful spinoff from the Vera Institute of Justice, Tarlow expanded CEO to ten cities across three states.
From 1984-1994, Tarlow worked in the New York City Office of Management and Budget, rising to Deputy Director in 1992.
Tarlow has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as a private member of New York City’s Audit Committee, co-chair of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's statewide Work for Success Committee, and on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Commission for Economic Opportunity. Currently, Tarlow represents Mayor Bill de Blasio on the board of the Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Tarlow earned a BA from Boston University, and has taught nonprofit and strategic management as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service.