Tara teaches, lectures, and develops education programs for all ages. Ranging from policy development to hands-on environmental education, her workships and courses engage participants to take responsability for their local and global community. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Human Impacts Institute, Tara works to develop programs that foster creativity in sustainability through leadership education, collaborative partnerships, policy development and research, as well as creative expression.
Before founding the Human Impacts Institute, Tara served as the Program Director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a NYC-based not-for-profit, for nine years and developed and led their environmental education programs during that time. She has also created partnerships with hundreds of local environmental and youth organizations, as well as local city agencies and officials, and businesses.
Tara currently guest lectures at Columbia University and is adjunct faculty at Webster University in the Netherlands and The New School in NYC. Her courses include topics such as environmental policy, natural resources management, and environmental leadership. She is also a Professor of Fine Arts at Webster University.
Tara has been invited as a special guest speaker at Universities such as Rutgers, Columbia, The New School, City University of New York, and Hunter College. She has also developed workshops with numerous United Nation's environmental meetings, including the Commission on Sustainable Development and the DPI Conference. In the private sector, Tara has led and developed workshops and lectures for businesses such as Citigroup, HSBC, Nautica, L'Oreal, The Blue Man Group, and others.
Tara has received many acclamations for her teaching including national recognition in 2009 for the Blanche Hornbeck Citation for Outstanding Work in Nature Education, as well as from the Earthwatch Institute and Catskil Watershed Association in previous years. In 2006, Tara was honored to be chosen as a representative of Al Gore’s The Climate Project.
In addition to her MA from Columbia University in Climate Science and Policy and her BA from the University of Virginia in Human Impacts on Ecosystems, Tara is a Certified Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree educator.