Tara Spain

MPA, 2008

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Travelers Foundation and Second Vice President, Community Relations, Travelers Foundation


 

Tara N. Spain is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Travelers Foundation and Second Vice President of Community Relations at Travelers. Ms. Spain manages strategy, operations and analytics for the company’s philanthropic arm, as well as key national partnerships throughout the United States.  In this role, Ms. Spain was instrumental in launching a national small business initiative for women and minority-owned businesses and a college access initiative for underrepresented students.

Prior to her role in community relations, she was a marketing project manager and account manager with Citigroup.   Ms. Spain is currently serving on the boards of TheaterWorks and ReSet (Social Enterprise Trust) and is a previous board member of The University of Hartford’s School of Education, Nursing and Health Professionals and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford. She is also an advisor for the Pell Institute, a research and public policy think tank in Washington, DC.

Ms. Spain has been recognized with several honors including Connecticut’s 100 Women of Color, Mentor of the Year by INROADS, Forty Under 40 by Hartford Business Journal, Volunteer of the Year by the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Outstanding Community Service award by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the Recent Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Connecticut School of Public Policy. Ms. Spain holds a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia State University (Magna Cum Laude), a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut, and a Certificate in Community Involvement Leadership from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

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