The lessons she learned as a salesperson at Sheetz has made Tammy Barnes the leader she is today. As the current director of operations for the state advocacy office at the American Psychological Association, she always uses past experience to better serve members.

Tammy Barnes
Director of Operations, State Advocacy Office
American Psychological Association
Washington, DC

Tammy Barnes began her working life as a cashier at Kmart right after she got her work permit at 15. Even today, as director of operations for the state advocacy office at the American Psychological Association, she uses lessons from her previous jobs to better serve her members. Here are highlights from her career journey.

When that door of opportunity opens to you and you get in, reach back and pull someone up with you.—Tammy Barnes, American Psychological Association

How I Got Here: Tammy Barnes

1999–2002 Cashier at Kmart

2002–2006 Salesperson at Sheetz

2006 Intern at the White House in the Office of the First Lady

2007–2010 Policy Assistant, Public Interest and Science Government Relations Offices at the American Psychological Association (APA)

2010–2011 Program Coordinator, Office on Socioeconomic Status at APA

2011– Director of Operations, State Advocacy Office at APA