Tara’s background in agriculture begins from her time working on an organic farm in North Salem, New York as a seasonal laborer. In this role, Tara learned the basics of organic farming beginning with planting and harvesting crops, to caring for cattle, and delivering farm products to local businesses and farmers’ markets. This ground-level agriculture experience complements her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Following graduation, Tara moved to Washington, D.C. to complete a graduate certificate in Environmental Resource Policy from the George Washington University. During this time, she was a development intern with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) where she refined stakeholder relations and events management for the annual Foster Our Future event. Most recently, she was an environmental policy intern with the Corn Refiners Association where she spent most of her time on Capitol Hill advocating for improved Biogenic CO2 emission regulations on behalf of the corn refining industry.
Outside of Tara’s agriculture experience, she volunteers with a mentoring program for undergraduate students looking to begin their careers in the Washington, D.C. Utilizing her agricultural experiences as well as volunteerism in higher education, Tara is excited to join the APLU team in support of the Academic Programs Section of the Board on Agriculture as well as to the Director of Governmental Affairs, Agriculture and International Development.