Press Release


Media Advisory: For Immediate Release


NEW YORK, March 1, 2010 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is delighted to announce that Tara Linh Leaman is joining our staff, effective immediately, in the newly created position of Associate Director. Leaman will serve as deputy to the Executive Director, with oversight and management responsibilities for all aspects of the Institute’s operations.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for me,” said Leaman, whose professional background is in nonprofit organizations as an educator, community organizer, writer and speaker on issues including identity, critical race theory, and transracial/cultural adoption. “The Adoption Institute position allows me to combine my training and my personal experience in a way that’s deeply meaningful to me and, frankly, it’s simply my dream job.”

Leaman’s previous position was as the Deputy Director of Our Place, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that helps previously incarcerated women re-enter society. She also is the founder of AmerAsian Voice, a community-based organization that highlights the experiences of Vietnamese Amerasians in the U.S. and in Vietnam, the country from which she was adopted as a child. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from Cornell University.

“Tara brings incredible skills and passion to the Institute – and our work will benefit enormously as a result,” said Executive Director Adam Pertman. “We’re very lucky to have her.”

Leaman will work from the Institute’s headquarters in New York. Other senior staff members work from offices in Massachusetts, California, Illinois and North Carolina.

The Adoption Institute’s mission is to provide leadership that improves laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption. To achieve its goals, the Institute conducts and synthesizes research; offers education to inform public opinion; promotes ethical practices and legal reforms; and works to translate policy into action. The Institute is nonpartisan, non-profit and independent of any constituency or cause.

For more information about the Adoption Institute, please go to To contact Leaman, email or call or call 212-925-4089. To contact April Dinwoodie, email, or call 212-925-4089.