Tiarra Dearbone is a LEAD Project Manager for the Public Defender Association in South King County, and has focused her community work in youth services, post-prison education, re-entry, and addiction recovery. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and minor in Nonprofit Studies, from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2019. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and has dedicated her career to helping others with healing from the effects of intergenerational trauma, addiction, and incarceration. Tiarra is a member of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon and values advancing racial justice for historically oppressed minorities.
Since 2018, Tiarra has been involved with Civil Survival, focusing on post-incarceration community re-entry. She is on the Advisory Council for the Husky Post-Prison Pipeline project at UW Tacoma. Tiarra served as co-chair on a project for the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network. She has facilitated addiction recovery groups as a volunteer with SMART Recovery since May of 2018. Through the University of Washington and the Washington State Psychological Association, Tiarra was recognized for her research titled Culturally Competent Healing Through Social Awareness of Cultural Representation Across Disciplines. She previously worked as a Business Development Manager, developing community partnerships and community engagement at South Tacoma Auto.