Growing up on the civically active Iron Range, Tara realized at a young age that being involved in local government wasn’t just important, it was necessary. She watched the iron ore mines shutter and layoff thousands of workers in the 1980's and was interested in how politics and public policy shaped decisions impacting her community.
After graduating from Saint Cloud State University with degrees in political science and journalism, she started at the Capitol as an assistant journalist with KARE 11 News during the 2000 legislative session. However, as exciting as it was to be embedded with the Capitol Press Corps during Governor Jesse Ventura's administration, she soon switched gears because her interest in shaping public policy outweighed the desire to write about it.
Since 2002, she has lobbied on various issues including health care, labor, shopping centers and business. Her hard work has made her a known player at the Capitol and has earned her the respect of other lobbyists, staff and lawmakers. In 2006, Tara started TGE Consulting and has continually grown her client base focusing on health care issues.
She also serves on the YMCA's Youth in Government Board and volunteers for a number of organizations and is active in the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council (MGRC) - the professional association for public affairs professionals in Minnesota.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys, cooking, hiking with Rudy Roo the wonder dog, watching sunsets at the cabin and reading a good book when she has time.