Tara is passionate about realigning natural and human systems to forge more sustainable models of economic development, and has worked across the academic, nonprofit, finance and technology sectors towards this end. As the Director of Forest Programs at Planet, she oversees the company’s strategy for leveraging its Earth observation and analytics technologies to improve global forest monitoring systems today, and account for the value of forests in the global economy tomorrow.
With over thirteen years of experience in forest, land use, and climate solutions, Tara began her career advancing ecosystem services research at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. In 2012, she helped start a nonprofit focused on engaging the private sector in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a financial mechanism for sustainable land use under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to joining Planet, Tara advised several foundations and investment firms on integrating the reality of climate and environmental change into their portfolios, including organizing the Climate & Capital summit that brought together investors representing over $1 trillion AUM alongside the COP21 in Paris and launching the first web platform for verified forest carbon projects at the COP20 in Lima.
Tara holds a Master’s of Environmental Management and International Development from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Gettysburg College.