Tara Dowdell is a highly accomplished marketing and communications strategist. She is the founder and President of TDG Speakers and Tara Dowdell Group, a marketing and strategic communications firm. In addition to her consulting practice, Tara is a respected television commentator and speaker. She appears regularly on MSNBC and Fox 5 News NY where she provides insight and analysis on a range of political, government, and business topics.
Tara’s proven expertise, unique insight, and engaging style have also made her a sought-after speaker. She has addressed several major conferences such as the NYU Stern School of Business Women in Business Conference, Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference at Rutgers University, NYU MLK Week Commemoration, Google Solve for X, the Rutgers Center for American Women in Politics “Ready to Run” conference, and many more.
Tara has an extensive background in government having previously served as the Senior Manager of Government and Community Relations for the international shipping arm of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this capacity, she was responsible for directing the government and public relations strategy for the multi-billion-dollar redevelopment of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Tara served as Director of Appointments in the Office of the New Jersey Governor. At the time of her appointment, she was the youngest person and the first African American to serve in this high level role. As Director of Appointments, Tara led the office responsible for the selection, nomination, and appointment of individuals to over 550 statewide boards and commissions. She began her career in government serving as a District Representative to Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.
Aside from her work in government, Tara has a wealth of political experience. She has served in senior positions on several high profile federal, state, and local campaigns. Additionally, she managed an issue-advocacy campaign for Emily’s List, a Political Action Committee dedicated to electing more women to elected federal office.
Tara’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In 2010, she was selected by the American Swiss Foundation to attend their prestigious Young Leaders Conference in Basel, Switzerland. Tara was one of only 25 Americans chosen to participate in the conference. Notably, in 2005, after being selected out of over a million applicants, she had the distinction of competing on the third season NBC’s show, “The Apprentice.”
Tara is also very active in her community. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Center for American Women in Politics “Ready to Run” Conference and is a Trustee on the Board of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.
Tara is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.