Tara rejoined The Conservation Foundation in 2022 as Will County Program Director after a four-year term with the City of Aurora’s Community Development Division. A Northern Illinois University graduate, she earned a BS in Organizational/Corporate Communications and is an enthusiastic collaborator with insatiable curiosity. Tara’s love for our land and water resources stems from a childhood filled with camping, canoeing, and campfires and annual trips to a family dairy farm in Wisconsin filled with cows, cousins, and cats. Today, Tara hates nature because she is allergic to pretty much everything, but still enjoys hiking and drinking clean water!