Tara Moss is the LEAD Project Director at the Public Defender Association. Tara Moss has worked in the nonprofit field for over ten years and has long been passionate about social justice. As an undergrad at Smith College she participated in an internship doing HIV prevention outreach with the Seattle nonprofit Street Outreach Services (SOS). After graduating with a BA in Psychology, Tara continued work with SOS where she advanced from the position of outreach worker to Executive Director over the course of four years. During her career Tara has also collaborated with organizations focused on social justice work and drug policy reform, including the Racial Disparity Project and Class Action. Tara has also volunteered with The Defender’s Association as a member on their Board of Directors as well as their Racial Equity Advisory Board.
In 2009 Tara began working for Real Change, an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. She was the Vendor Services Manager, a program that serves over three hundred homeless and low-income vendors per month. After successfully managing Real Change’s vendor program for five years, Tara expressed interest in operations. She started working in human resources in 2012 and took on increasing responsibility in finance, facilities, and information technology. She ultimately took the role of Operations Director at Real Change. In the Summer of 2017 Tara joined PDA as Seattle-King County LEAD Project Director, with a focus on LEAD expansion planning in the north precinct.