Before coming to Princeton, Ivan attended Skyline Career Development Center. He lived in Forbes College, was a member of Ivy Club, and majored in psychology. He also served as a New Visions tutor and was active in the Imhotep Minority Pre-Med Society, OBU, and the NAACP.
After graduation, Ivan spent much of his career in financial services and wealth management and earned an MBA from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2010. In recent years, he volunteered with Methodism Breadbasket, offering his professional skills to put his passion for social and economic justice to work. He had begun refocusing his career on venture capital at the time of his death, partially inspired by having recently served as CFO at a Texas Black-owned agricultural consultancy.
Ivan is survived by his mother, Marian Washington Tatum; sister Jonetta Renée and her husband Bennie Johnson; brother John W. Tatum ’87 and his wife Ursula; fiancée Stacy M. Rosenthal; and many other relatives and friends.