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Tara’s Twitter handle is @latte_lib_86 – which is a dead giveaway that she is a bit of a coffee fiend. A lover of everything dealing with kittens and the feline family, Tara is our firm’s super editor in chief – though not an official title – every written product that we deliver is only after it has crossed her desk. Outside of coffee, cats and digital calligraphy, she is passionate about organizing and crisis communication response.

Who are some of the folks who inspire your work? Leaders like President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton inspire me in my call to service – their dedication to community and country, despite the numerous obstacles they may have each faced in their personal story, inspires me for mine. I also greatly admire my former Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, whose first congressional campaign in my home district in Arizona was the first one that I worked on. Despite facing a life altering setback, she is still out there, fighting that good fight. She embodies true resilience. But I really owe the biggest shoutout to my mother, who raised me on her own and has always believed in me and has been my biggest supporter from day one. I would not be in this position without her consistent and unwavering love, support, and guidance!

When did you realize the true power of communication? I first realized the power of communication when I began creative writing, back in elementary school. My grandmother’s love of writing inspired mine and showed me that characters, ideas and concepts can truly be brought to life in words on the page – or at least feel like it. This love of writing followed me first into pursuing Creative Writing as my undergraduate degree, then utilizing it as a tool to help candidates and organizations spread their message in my professional career. Words are power – and can empower actions.

Name your favorite super hero or cartoon –  and why? Does Grumpy Cat count? 🙂 As for cartoons, I grew up – and to this day remain – a certified Disney fiend. Films like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame defined my childhood and still touch my heart to this day. On the more advanced side of things, I always enjoy a good South Park  or Family Guy episode. I also really love the sadly now retired HBO cartoon comedy, The Life and Times of Tim.  It really captures the kind of happenstance of life events that tend to happen in an organizational environment – and the ironic humor in it all that can get one through the more challenging times!

If not the U.S., what other country would you live in?  Most likely somewhere in Europe – London, Paris, maybe even Amsterdam. Or better yet the Bahamas, to live that island life!

Tell us your hometown and name the of coolest qualities and/or facts about it? I was born in Susanville, CA but grew up in Willcox – a small southeastern Arizona town of 4,000 (on a population upswing), which is home to apple orchards, a city hall that used to be a real railroad station and an annual festival dedicated to 50’s singing cowboy, Rex Allen. The people are friendly and my family still lives there – I love the city but it’s a great place to unwind and regroup whenever I am home!

Any cool philosophies, mottos or quotes that encourage you to live to your full potential? “The journey is the reward” – an old Chinese proverb that has gotten me through many an obstacle along my own path. It reminds me to live in the moment and to appreciate each victory as well as each bump in the road – it is all essential to the story, still being written.