As Program Manager, Tara supports WEDO through working with the Women Delegates Fund, the Women Demand ‘Gender Just’ Climate Finance program, and the Women and Gender Constituency. Tara‘s interdisciplinary background, including dual Master’s degrees in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology (M.S.) and Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the University of Maryland, reflects her passion for integrating social and ecological justice. While in D.C., she coordinated courses for international conservation practitioners with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. As a Global Health Corps fellow, building a movement for health equity based on the fundamental recognition of health as a human right, she worked on health policy and planning for the city of Newark, New Jersey, drawing from her experience leading Tennessee’s Medicaid implementation of the federal program promoting the meaningful use of electronic health records. With the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group, based in Nairobi, Tara worked with multiple stakeholders to improve systems to produce accurate and insightful data to inform conservation decision-making. She has also enjoyed working as a consultant with various nonprofit organizations to promote the strategic alignment of their activities and outcomes.