• Tara S. Hacker

    Senior Program Manager

    “Having diversity in this country is not an excuse for poor health outcomes.  It’s an opportunity for us all to re-examine our history, create a new narrative that tells the full story, and create policies and practices that transform the way we approach health.”
Tara has over a decade of public health and health care experience in developing cross-sector alliances, advocacy, project management, and qualitative and quantitative research. 

As Senior Program Manager, Tara oversees the development and management of programs and provides technical assistance to community-based leaders and organizations.  Her current portfolio includes the Culture of Health Leaders Program, a three-year leadership development program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Tara is a solutions-oriented thinker who connects people and resources to address challenges and identify opportunities in individuals, organizations, and communities.

Prior to joining CommonHealth ACTION, Ms. Hacker was a Program Director and Project Manager at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) where she worked with stakeholders across the country to advance primary care and the patient-centered medical home.  Ms. Hacker has worked with diverse communities, including Latinos in the U.S. and abroad.  She served as a Health Educator for Peace Corps Honduras and managed public health programs featuring promotores de salud (community health workers) while at the National Council of La Raza (UnidosUS). Tara began her career at the Kansas Medicaid program where she managed research and policy development for a health reform proposal.  She received her MSPH from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and BS degrees from Kansas State University. She is based in CommonHealth ACTION’s Washington, DC headquarters.