Tara was raised in Portland, Oregon and has been active in the political scene for as long as she can remember, starting at a young age stuffing envelopes with her parents for the Oregon Death With Dignity campaign in the 1990s. At 17 she was admitted to American MENSA, and received her B.A. from Vassar College in 2008, specializing in architectural history. Tara lives in SE Portland with her golden retriever, Emerson Pickles. She currently serves as Secretary on the Nasty Women Get Shit Done Board of Directors.