Cameron Cushman

Director, Innovation Ecosystems

UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth

Tamara Payne is a force for helping local entrepreneurs grow their businesses. She is always looking for new ways to build her community and she always has a give first mentality. Tamara has used her time and talents to help so many local businesses achieve success and grow through her work in establishing the first female-owned coworking space in the Metroplex. When Tamara speaks, people listen. She is a true leader and a respected businesswoman in her community.

Lourdes Ramboa

Chair, Business, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Tarrant County College - Northwest Campus

Tamara is a visionary entrepreneur with a caring and dedicated heart.  She offers her expertise, shares ideas and brings real-life experience to the many challenges faced by the College and our students.  One of the strengths I admire most about Tamara is her willingness to collaborate, support and guide anyone that seeks her insights.  She is all about lifting other’s up and connecting them to the people, resources and information that they need to find success. Tamara is an excellent example of “service before self,” she is a genuine friend and a true asset to our community.

Andy Pickens

President, Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce

Tamara Payne is one of the most genuine persons I have ever met.  I have had the pleasure of working with Tamara many times through my role with the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce. Her work ethic is unmatched. She feels a true calling to serving her community, very business savvy, and has as innate ability to bring people together and get results.  I have found her counsel and advice to be invaluable.

Amber J. Yourman

Program Manager, The DEC Network

Tamara Payne is one of the strongest and most humble leaders I have ever encountered. I have personally been lauded for accomplishments that I could not have pulled off without her support. I consider myself fortunate to work with Tamara. Burleson is lucky to have Tamara Payne on their team. She is a champion of entrepreneurship in North Texas and a local hero to business leaders in this great place we call home. 

Clint Grimes

Community Manager, Ensemble Coworking

Working for and alongside Tamara has been one of the best professional experiences of my life. She is a servant leader who pours her passion and energy into those around her. It only takes a short time being around Tamara to see her positive impact on others. Her experience, wisdom and expertise have led to her success, but it is her heart that truly makes her stand out.

Mishon Landry, CDP

Certified Diversity Professional, Culture Consultants

Tamara Payne is one of the most amazing and collaborative female leaders that I know. She gives 150% to everything she does. She is a respected entrepreneurial leader in Fort Worth and surrounding community. Tamara leads by example and consistently steps up to do the hard work and face tough challenges to shift change and improve environments. She is ethical, hardworking, authentic, and truly collaborative. Tamara is a wonderful mentor, teacher, learner, and friend. People leave Tamara being better because of their interactions with her. 


I support and endorse Tamara and pray that she can make significant changes and progress in the city of Burleson, Texas. 

Daniel Banks, Ph.D.
Co-Director, DNAWORKS

Tamara Payne is a remarkable leader. She is 100% dedicated to whatever she takes on, is a wonderful listener, and responsive to others’ needs. She does all this with compassion and unimpeachable ethics. Tamara embodies the principle that if one of us succeeds we all succeed and is a natural community builder. 

Chris Kalish, President/CEO

Brittain Kalish Group


Brittain Kalish Group is pleased to support Tamara Payne in her efforts to become a member of the Burleson City Council.  We have had the pleasure of working with Tamara for the last several years, as community and business partners in the Fort Worth area.  Her passion and drive to support the business community are evident in all of her relationships, even more so now through the COVID pandemic. She has the ability to see the multi-faceted sides of issues, often seeking advice from her diverse resource pool.  She is dedicated and will not back down from challenging issues.  Tamara Payne will be a welcome addition to the Burleson City Council.