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Tara Wicker | Director, Community Engagement

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Community Engagement  Director Tara Wicker is a stakeholder engagement, community engagement, and governmental affairs specialist with twenty years of experience who served for twelve years as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish (County) Council, serving a diverse district that included the Louisiana State Capitol, all of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, and Southern University. She is a member of the International City/County Management Association.  Tara has a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Tara’s degrees are from Southern University.

Prior to her own time as an elected official, Tara served in the Office of the Mayor-President for the City of Baton Rouge as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. For over eight years she worked as a Program Officer and Community Organizer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she established five local Community Development Corporations (CDCs), founded Community Builders, Inc. and championed other community revitalization efforts throughout the City of Baton Rouge. She established the Community-Police Ambassador Program, the EBR Blight Elimination Team, Co-Authored the Take A Bite Out of Blight Policy Paper, established the Police Policy Review Committee, Race Talk Community Conversations, as well as the Love Our City Initiative.