Tara serves as the Senior Government Relations Representative at The Wilderness Society
Her work includes developing and implementing strategies that advance national policies and programs to further environmental justice and equitable access to nature, lobbying on TWS priority public lands campaigns, building more inclusive and diverse coalitions for public lands conservation, developing advocacy communications materials and talking points, assisting with coordination, and managing other special projects and issues.
Before her move to DC, she worked in Oregon for Oregon Wild and the Wild Salmon Center, where she built on-the-ground support for wilderness and other designation campaigns, including bringing in non-traditional allies, pushed climate adaptation, forest management, habitat protection, water issues, and other policies, and even served on a Governor-appointed advisory committee. Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, Davis and recently earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Portland State University. She also brings a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, having personally taken the initiative to launch an internal DEI effort at a previous organization.
Tara grew up at the end of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in Homer where she fell in love with vast landscapes and wild places. Her experience in one of the wildest places in Northern America has spurred her lifelong commitment to protecting public lands. Outside of being a fulltime public lands advocate, she can be found hiking outdoors with her partner (Steven) and their dog (Grommet), watching hockey, or traveling.