A native of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Tara graduated from Wake Forest University where she majored in religion and Spanish, and studied in Costa Rica. In 2011, Tara received a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University with a Certificate in Latin American Studies.
Tara joined Conexión Américas as an intern in 2006, and developed many of our hallmark education programs, including our Padres Comprometidos program to help Latinx parents understand the school system and support their children to succeed in school, and our after school programs supporting middle- and high-school students as they become the first in their families to pursue higher education. During the process of creating Casa Azafrán, the nonprofit collaborative and community center led by Conexión Américas, Tara led the work to identify and co-locate partner organizations. Most recently, Tara led our development efforts to engage foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors with our mission and drive strategies for sustainable, strategic and mission-focused growth.