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TARA RODRIGUEZMember at Large –Tara Rodriguez

Director, Community Outreach/Public Awareness

Tara was born in Auburn, raised in Kent, and has been a Tacoma resident since 1994. Her parents are from the small town of Gullane in Scotland, making her older sister and Tara first generation Americans.  After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree from Highline Community College, she later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

When Tara walked into the Juvenile Court 24 years ago, it was love at first sight.  She now works at the Pierce County Juvenile Court and oversee the Truancy, At Risk Youth programs and Adoptions, but also has experience working in varying departments within the Court.  She believes in providing early intervention services and alternatives to youth and families who have found themselves in crisis and doing whatever we can for them without entrenching them further into the system.

Tara joined the NAMI Pierce Board hoping to make a difference in the community.  She takes her position very seriously with great passion and energy and is committed to doing her part to reduce the stigma around mental illness and provide awareness to the programs and support that NAMI has to offer. Mental illness has impacted her own family and she feels it’s important to mention that anyone who is struggling with mental illness, or has a loved one or friend who is, has a home within the NAMI family and are welcomed  with open arms and support.