About Tara Phillips

Tara Phillips has enjoyed a diverse career in the social sector, serving for the past 28 years as a teacher, executive director, development director and a national program director. Tara has developed skills in organization and change management to bring justice and equity to the education sector for communities across the United States. Before consulting, Tara served five years as executive director of an elementary charter school in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, securing the school’s only five-year charter renewal.

Tara has brought her expertise in board management, cultural competency, and character education programming to several conferences and convenings, both in the US and internationally. She holds a B.S in Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an Executive Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC Paris, in partnership with the University of Oxford. Tara currently lives in Paris, France.


Key Accomplishments



  • Refined branding efforts, garnering a National Schools of Character Award.

  • Secured a highly competitive Taproot Branding and Key Messaging grant for a NY-based education non-profit.

  • Drafted and stewarded a $3 million dollar expansion grant for national collaborative of programs.


  • Consistently earned high presentation marks at national and international conferences, including the Education Collaborative of International Schools in Barcelona, Spain and the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color conferences.

  • Served on multiple non-profit boards, including The SMART Program and the Coalition of Community Charter Schools.

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