As a long-time advocate for women’s equality, Tara Romano became a community activist for victims of domestic and sexual violence in 2003. Interested in how public policy impacts the experience of domestic and sexual violence, both for individuals and communities, Tara joined North Carolina Women United‘s Wake County Women’s Agenda Assembly in 2006. She joined the NC Women United board in 2008 and was elected president of the organization in 2013. During that time, she has led the coalition in its work to take a gender lens to state policy, always being sure to demonstrate how issues of reproductive rights and health, access to health care and education, economic security, civil rights and LGBTQ equality, voting rights, and domestic and sexual violence intersect to impact women’s lives. Joining NARAL Pro-Choice NC in spring 2016, at a time when North Carolina citizens across the state feel the effects of policies that deprive them of their reproductive freedom as well as their bodily autonomy, economic security, access to healthcare, and personal safety, she is committed to collaborating across issues to achieve full social, political, and economic equality for all.
Tara currently serves on the Steering Committee of NC Women Matter. In 2017, she was appointed as an affiliate representative to the NARAL Pro-Choice America C4 national board. She recently served on the Community Advisory Board for the North Carolina State University’s Women’s Center/Women and Gender Studies Program. She also is a past member of the Advisory Committee for the Institute of Women’s Research Policy’s most recent report, The Status of Women in the South. She holds a Masters of Public Health Degree as well as an MS in Extension Education.